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The Country Teacher (2008) More at IMDbPro »Venkovský ucitel (original title)

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The Country Teacher -- Petr (Pavel Liska) arrives in a country town to teach natural sciences at the local elementary school.

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Director:
Writer:
Bohdan Sláma (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 March 2009 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Petr, youthful, quiet, and sensitive, comes from Prague to teach natural science in a country town.... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Pavel Liska ... ucitel Petr Dolezal
Zuzana Bydzovská ... statkárka Marie
Ladislav Sedivý ... Chlapec
Marek Daniel ... Prítel

Tereza Vorísková ... Beruska
Cyril Drozda ... Reditel skoly
Marie Ludvíková ... Reditelová
Zuzana Krónerová ... Matka
Miroslav Krobot ... Otec
Zdena Kucerová ... Babicka
Miloslav Vokatý ... Jozin
Jaroslav Vlcek ... Jarda
Frantisek Prosek ... Sedlák
Josef Prosek ... Sedlák
Anna Vladyková ... Hospodská
Pavel Vladyka ... Hospodský
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vojtech Kotek ... Spoluzák (uncredited)

Directed by
Bohdan Sláma 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bohdan Sláma  screenplay

Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... producer
Pascal Caucheteux .... co-producer
Thanassis Karathanos .... producer
Petr Oukropec .... producer
Pavel Strnad .... producer
Joana Vogdt .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Vladimír Godár 
 
Cinematography by
Divis Marek 
 
Film Editing by
Jan Danhel 
 
Production Design by
Martin Micka 
Václav Novák 
Petr Pistek 
 
Costume Design by
Zuzana Krejzková 
 
Makeup Department
Veronika Riehs .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pavel Cechak .... production manager
Thomas Král .... production manager: Germany
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Petr Samec .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Karina Lange .... art director: Germany
 
Sound Department
Jan Cenek .... sound
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Peter Klinkenberg .... foley artist
Stephan Konken .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Mícek .... boom operator
Thomas Neumann .... sound designer
Michaela Patríková .... boom operator
Marcel Schleibaum .... foley recordist
Sebastian Schmidt .... sound designer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Dolnik .... second assistant camera
Petr Dvorak .... electrician
Marek Radolf .... balloon lighting supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Kristián Suda .... commissioning editor: Czech TV
 
Other crew
Guillermo J. Deisler .... production coordinator: Germany
Martin Hampel .... production assistant
Christoph Kukula .... production coordinator
Oliver Rebling .... production accountant: Germany
Martina Reková .... public relations
 

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Also Known As:
"Venkovský ucitel" - Czech Republic (original title)
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Runtime:
Czech Republic:117 min | Canada:113 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:103 min | Argentina:113 min (Pantalla Pinamar Festival)
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Country teacher, student of life, 17 October 2012
Author: mike dewey from canton, ohio

Our teacher (P. Liska) in question leaves his prestigious job at an equally prestigious school in Prague to assume a far more mundane position in the Czech country-side. He looks lost, bewildered and reticent, speaking only when absolutely necessary. Is he hiding something, fearful of past skeletons in his closet coming to the forefront to haunt him mercilessly?

He settles in with a small farm family consisting of a woman and her son, who have their own fair share of past trials and tribulations unto themselves. An old mate of the "teach" (our title teacher) from the city finds his way out into the country to find our protagonist teacher and sparks immediately fly. Our "teach" has suppressed his homosexual orientation to all in the countryside and yet the mate from Prague, who was the teacher's former lover, is hell-bent on renewing their affair and is very demonstrative about it. "Teach" wants no part in it, as he wants a relationship based on love, not lust.

Without telling too much more of the story line, suffice it to say that the old skeletons to which I earlier referred are brought to the forefront in a very skillfully paced manner by the director B. Slama. Teach's so-called search for love degenerates temporarily into deriving sexual satisfaction from the young son on the farm. The unsolicited advances by "teach" are strongly and virulently rejected by the young boy who now hates the new guest teacher. Now the teacher, the mother and her son have to deal with this new trauma, or closet skeleton, if you will, in addition to all their prior baneful experiences.

Just how all these prior and new experiences will be met and subsequently dealt with and possibly sorted out lies in the hands of our skillful director and cast. What they do and how this is accomplished results in a tender yet forcefully portrayed set of scenes, where each of our protagonists has to deal honestly and openly with their strengths as well as their weaknesses and honestly open up to one another. What you may deduce from the movie's ending is that it is not an ending at all, but in fact a beginning, a Genesis, if you will!!

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