- 2h 6m
A new school counsellor tries to stay out of power dynamics imposed by the Headmistress, teachers and parents.A new school counsellor tries to stay out of power dynamics imposed by the Headmistress, teachers and parents.A new school counsellor tries to stay out of power dynamics imposed by the Headmistress, teachers and parents.
The film doesn't explain much at first, the viewer is kind of thrown in and left to fend for him or herself. However it's rewarding after a while as you begin to catch all the threads.
The conflict of the main plot is slowly evolving, escalating in the right direction, and I was interested to find out where it will go but... Unfortunately, towards the end the film starts to limp a bit and it's kind of anticlimactic.
Maybe it's the main character? She is often somewhere in the background, as there are many strong side characters who steal the spotlight. Some of those are waaaay more interesting than Anamarija. As the film progresses she tends to become a bit passive. Also I didn't see much variety in her emotions and expressions... I can't point my finger but something is missing and I didn't get that sense of fulfilment in the end.
On a positive note, directing is fresh and skillful, editing is superb and so is the music. Old Croatian folk songs, in some strange way, mix very well with the atmosphere of the Staff Room.
In conclusion... Those who work in public education will undoubtedly find many situations relatable. The film is populated with all kinds characters of teachers that we all remember from our school days. Some are sad and pathetic, some hilarious and some are mad as hatters. In short, a faithful portrayal of what's it like to work in a school.
The film is generally good and I wish it good luck on its festival run.
- Nov 18, 2021