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Director Hannah Fidell got the idea of the movie Teacher while she worked at a restaurant waitress and was attracted to a young patron. She wondered how this would happen to a teacher. We often hear of older men and younger women, but how about the older woman, younger man? In A Teacher, Diana is a teacher at a suburban Texas high school. She has a strain relationship with her family and has few intimate friends. She crosses the lines and begins a sexual affair with a student Eric. In it, she is taken away to reignite the excitement of youthful lust and adapts to the world of quickies, sexting, and fantasy of her young suitor. Besides the ethical dilemma, she is carried away to continue this fantasy to a point of no return. This movie does a good job to show the humanity of Diana who simply craves emotional intimacy that she blocks from the thick wall around her. I saw this film as part of the Atlanta Film Festival.
Coming in at 75 minutes, if it were any shorter it would have been a TV
Pilot, but if it were any longer I would have hated it.
An interesting dive into the mind and emotion of a female teacher who has a sexual relationship with one of her students. Lindsay Burdge, the actress playing the teacher, did an excellent job for most of the movie at being seemingly normal, but obviously mentally unstable. Near the last third of the movie however, she seemed to cross the line of believable and over the top a few too many times for me.
The approach of the movie was interesting in that we start well into their relationship, as the teacher's life starts to unravel. The time span of when the movie took place was relatively short, and the movie focused more on her and her emotions than it did on the relationship, which I really liked.
This is a film in A Teacher that is nudging itself, trying to be set
free from the restraints and the shortcomings of the finished product.
The film trying to break free is a deep, involved character study on a
teacher-student relationship that functions because of deep
conversation and a mutual understanding between parties. The film we
get is an interesting albeit mostly flat examination of an unremarkable
teacher-student affair that strides along with sporadic hardships and
ends in predictable calamity.
Hannah Fidell wanders into mumblecore territory here, as she directors and pens the film about Diana Watts (Lindsay Burdge), a high school English teacher, in her thirties or so, who has been flirting and hanging around with student Eric Tull (Will Brittain). The two hang out frequently - mostly in each others homes so being spotted in public isn't possible - and both enjoy each others company, personality, and intimacy. It doesn't take long, however, for Diana's paranoia to nearly get the best of her, as she tries to keep their relationship closeted, even as Eric begins to turn the other cheek to her at some points.
Immediately, this is a story that needs to be told, and this film ostensibly will humanize and maybe justify a teacher-student relationship. However, Fidell unfortunately keeps things too heavily nuanced to be insightful and too subtle to evoke much commentary or humanity. There isn't much to Diana or Eric, and their relationship seems more existent because it's a taboo and it's not normative. There's no real indicator on why they're together in the first place. We don't see why Eric has captured her eye, as he is just a typical, faceless high school teenager that comes to class everyday, does his work, and is quietly anxious sexually. There's no justification as to why Diana would want to date a student, or Eric in particular, seeing as if someone found out it could irreparably scar her reputation and put her out of a job.
The film I was hoping A Tacher would be featured extensive dialog to develop each character, dialog in the way of both of them talking about why they like each other enough to carry out a dangerous relationship under the noses of classmates and the school administration, and had deeply intimate, satisfying sex. This would be a four star film. The film we have here is one with minimal dialog in the way of characters, a shallow, limited view on why these two would want to be together, and relatively simple sex scenes captured by a grim camera that knows no color scheme other than black or very, very gray.
Having said all this, the film does in fact feature a strong lead performance by Lindsay Burdge, whose teacher character is made a sympathetic character, even with out much develop towards her. We can see that she thinks something of this relationship - whatever that may be - and she would be pained deeply if something wrong were to happen with it. If the film didn't have Burdge at the center, at least trying to provide some sort of clarity the character's motivations in this relationship, this would've been a complete misfire.
A Teacher is a serviceable, but overly-simple look at a subject that needs strong care and attention to be made human. The characters should've been more identifiable, the sex should've been more powerful and shocking considering the age gap, and the drama should've been thicker. The only thing I thought A Teacher was doing, by the end of it, was simply trying to push transgressive boundaries for the sake of doing so; not because it had something genuinely enlightening or strong to say.
Starring: Lindsay Burdge and Will Brittain. Directed by: Hannah Fidell.
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I found this movie quite compelling. Like watching an accident about to
happen, it's hard to avert your eyes.
A teacher is having an affair with one of her students. The movie doesn't really set anything up for us; we join the drama as the affair is in full flight. The couple tryst secretly in his house when his parents are out, and in her place when her flatmate is out or simply in a car, despite the fact that no matter the claims of manufacturers for the performance of their vehicles, automobiles have never been designed for comfortable sex.
It's an odd affair, but we sense that the teacher, Diana Watts, played by Lindsay Burdge, doesn't handle responsibility well the responsibility of having a proper grown-up affair with its attendant commitment, and she certainly isn't facing up to her responsibilities as a teacher. We learn that she is also abandoning some responsibility regarding her mother a pattern of behaviour emerges.
Diana has such an attractive and grounded look that it comes as a surprise when the relationship unravels and so does she. It's a very believable performance and we feel her pain self-induced though it is.
The student, Eric Tull, played by Will Brittain, seems such a callow and somewhat fickle youth that his appeal to Diana obviously lay just outside the frame; she seems so much more mature and self-possessed. I think the real shock in the film comes in the role reversal about three quarters of the way through.
In the beginning, Diana controls the pace of the affair, with Eric always left wanting more, but by the end he is over her, and she can't handle the rejection. The movie ends without a definite resolution, but we suspect that Diana's career in teaching is also about to end.
I don't mind a movie that leaves things a bit obscure, and refuses to spoon feed the audience with obvious answers and situations as long as it is done with style. "A Teacher" takes a fresh approach to a subject that has featured before; it gets you in, and doesn't overstay its welcome.
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this subject is not new its been done on TV and films more then many
times we all know but this time director Hannah Fidell takes tries one
more shot to tell the story in a different way but sadly it fails only
delivers good performances as the characters and the plot is not well
written the actors did there best to save this project.
the plot:a high school teacher Diana and her student have an affair no one knows about them they slowly try to fall for each other but is it love,infatuation,lust or something else that is driving this relationship.
the characters,story & almost everything is half written to be honest here i have to say this film is incomplete its done on purpose only to show emotions of Diana through the film what she is going through but what about the guy and a Little story off course id does have few smooching scenes but please it wont be enough.
the cast:OK Lindsay Burdge is the only leading lady who was acting rest actors were in for the money only.
overall my rating for A Teacher 2013 is 3/10 its a film worth watching only for some good acting as the script is written badly,so see it only if you like Lindsay Burdge otherwise stay away and Skipp it.
One of the dumbest movies I have ever seen, I wouldn't waste your time if I were you. There's really no beginning or end. The plot was good, but there were no details, just when it started getting good it was over! I didn't even know if this was a high school student for starters because all they say is freshmen, I was thinking college. They don't explain anything regarding the teacher, how the affair even came about, or anything useful for that matter. This movie could have had potential, but it went nowhere. The only thing I would have to say about it that's good is the directing. Good camera quality. Lets hope they come up with something better!
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I saw this film at Film Fest Ghent (Belgium) 2013. Though announced on
the festival website as a "character study", the first 45 minutes were
nothing but repeats of the same sex-riddled meetings, each time in
different settings and varied locations, but always at places where no
one could see them together. We had to wait for a badly needed turning
event, which came only after 45 minutes, a long overdue moment for the
teacher to start realizing which risks she was taking. She immediately
decided to put their regular meetings on hold, which seemed to be taken
seriously by both for a while. Suddenly, however, she cannot resist the
urge (we thought that only men think about sex many times a day), she
arranges a new secret bed-meeting. For some unclear reason she suddenly
breaks it off halfway, and he leaves the house without much ado.
After only a very short while she rushes after him, parks near his house (where also his parents live), and desperately tries to phone and text him, and finally walks towards his house. It has all the looks of stalking. We see the boy's father interfere, but no actual confrontation. The film ends with her all alone in a motel room, where a voice mail from her school director tells her about a "situation". Apparently, the cat is out of the bag, but this is where the story ends.
All in all, the plot had much more opportunities than the script did use effectively. As it is presented to us now, it offers not that much new about the issue, being rehashed many times before in similar or other settings. I could have inferred all this from the 75 minutes running time, indeed not very much for a "character study". We also have no idea what it is that attracts them to each other, apart from the apparent sex. The audience award ranked this movie a lowly 71th place out of 83.
cold, not new subject but interesting, a honest film and a not very inspired. not remarkable but not so bad. only a realistic story who has not the best manner to translate the subject on screen. in fact, only great problem are the memories about Notes of a Scandal adaptation and the impression than the story seems be a form of improvisation. but, in fact, it has two virtues - the reflection of reality ( cold relations with family members, solitude as cage and escape, need of love as only need of sex ) and a portrait of Emma Bovary in the XXI century. is it enough ? maybe. but the few sparkles of images, the common story, the end are good points for a not memorable but far to be really boring film.
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