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Il supplente (2007)

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy

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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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Frame by Frame,Sky Italia See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


[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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Total garbage and waste of time
14 January 2010 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

Some artistic ability should go into a short, but this story of a boring obnoxious rich guy who goes into a classroom and pretends to be a substitute teacher has no such artistry.

He humiliates students, as some teachers I have known in the past, do, and then goes to his job.

The students may be real enough. They don't seem real, though, as it begins with a young school boy getting along well with a gorgeous girl, then ogling at a relatively pale and plain girl who walks by. Surreal perhaps, but not at all realistic.

The obnoxious title character has no value, and we never care about him, or the other characters. None of them are amusing. None of them are interesting.

Total garbage.

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