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The Substitute (2007)

Il supplente (original title)
There's something strange about the new substitute teacher in class.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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Credited cast:
Valentino Campitelli ...
Il Piccolo Lard
Arianna Dal Buono ...
La Poetessa
Lorenzo de Cicco ...
Il Lecchino
Nicola De Feo ...
Caverna Fabrizio
Pasquale Garofalo ...
Impiegati
Andrea Jublin ...
Il Supplente
Bruno Pannozzo ...
Impiegati
Mauro Stenico ...
Impiegati
Rinaldo Tagliaferri ...
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In a noisy high-school classroom in Rome, a substitute teacher enters and immediately establishes control: he confiscates a student's ball, accepts a small gift from another, and puts students through their paces, having them imitate animals, making fun of those who are too eager, rewarding those whose marks in the class roster are usually low. All but one student tries to please him; except for her - a quiet girl writing a poem - all are willing to discard dignity and camaraderie for a shot at a high mark. What lessons are being taught and learned here, and what about the ball? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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[repeated line]
Il Piccolo Lard: Sir, will you give me my ball back. It's autographed by Del Piero.
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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

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Far from perfect, but worth watching for some very fun moments
17 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at a special showing by a local film society of all the Oscar nominated Live Action Shorts about a week or so before the Oscars were announced. I seriously doubt that the film will win, as although it is funny and interesting in places, the film is a bit inconsistent and there are two other nominated films that are simply better (TANGHI ARGENTINI and AT NIGHT).

The film begins with a rowdy class filled with teens. The substitute enters the class and begins to act totally bizarre--often demeaning and mistreating the kids for his own pleasure. Later, when the Principal walks in and sees the madness the substitute has created, the sub runs and the REAL reason he was doing what he did becomes apparent.

As I said, the film was uneven. In parts, it was pretty funny but at others it seemed rather mean and purposeless. Not a great film, but at least it was an interesting one.

UPDATE--Apparently I am lousy at guessing Oscars, as MOZART OF PICKPOCKETS just won the award for 2008.


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