There's something strange about the new substitute teacher in class.


Andrea Jublin
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Valentino Campitelli Valentino Campitelli ... Il Piccolo Lard
Arianna Dal Buono Arianna Dal Buono ... La Poetessa
Lorenzo de Cicco Lorenzo de Cicco ... Il Lecchino
Nicola De Feo Nicola De Feo ... Caverna Fabrizio
Pasquale Garofalo Pasquale Garofalo ... Impiegati
Andrea Jublin Andrea Jublin ... Il Supplente
Bruno Pannozzo Bruno Pannozzo ... Impiegati
Mauro Stenico Mauro Stenico ... Impiegati
Rinaldo Tagliaferri Rinaldo Tagliaferri ... Impiegati


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 <>

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Short | Comedy

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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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This is my winning pick
10 March 2008 | by garmancmSee all my reviews

We saw the Oscar nominated shorts at our local Indie theater and loved them. The short films don't get enough credit. If they were shown more frequently I feel they would give budding artists a chance to display their work and people would come to see them. If they could get them shown before regular releases then more audiences would enjoy and be able to see them also.

This short was by far my favorite of all of them. I am just hoping at some point this will be available on Youtube or somewhere so we can watch it again. Does anyone know how to get it on video? I loved it and so did my husband. It was genius. It's not fair that I can't find it online so I can share with others. We will then watch for this writer/director to do other work. The main character was a great actor too. The whole idea was fun and inventive. Comedies never get the respect they deserve.

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Release Date:

15 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le remplaçant See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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2.35 : 1
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