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A Teacher (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 6 September 2013 (USA)
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A high school teacher in Austin, Texas has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end.

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Hannah Fidell

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Hannah Fidell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Burdge ... Diana Watts
Will Brittain ... Eric Tull
Jennifer Prediger ... Sophia
Julie Dell Phillips ... Jessica
Jonny Mars ... Hunter Watts
Chris Doubek ... Eric's Father
Matthew Genitempo Matthew Genitempo ... Dan
Cody Haltom Cody Haltom ... Rich
Robby King Robby King ... Matt
Hannah Dannelly ... Eric's Date to the Dance
Mark Farely Mark Farely ... Sophia's Father
Michael J. Wilson Michael J. Wilson ... Sophia's Brother
Don Hampton Don Hampton ... James (as Donald Hampton)
Tony Layson Tony Layson ... Westerbrook Faculty
Elana Farley ... Westerbrook Faculty
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Diana Watts is an English teacher at Westerbrook High School in Austin, Texas. A longtime and continuing undisclosed issue between her and her mother may be only one factor in Diana looking for love in the wrong place. That place is at school, as she has just embarked on a secret affair with one of her students, Eric Tull. This relationship is the most fulfilling she's had in quite some time. A few incidents and the first real close call in being caught leads to Diana calling off the affair several months in, as she finally comes to the understanding that being caught would certainly mean the end of her teaching career and her good reputation. This close time away from Eric also gives Diana the opportunity to look at their relationship through a slightly different perspective, with the old adage of absence making the heart grow fonder kicking in. As such, Diana gets torn between doing what she knows is the right thing by staying away from Eric, or listening to her troubled heart, her ... Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,684, 8 September 2013

Gross USA:

$8,348

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,348
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2.35 : 1
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Director Hannah Fidell got the idea for this script while she was working as a waitress. See more »

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Version of A Teacher: A Teacher See more »

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Skims the surface of a deeply complex and interesting issue...and skimming it makes it worse
2 May 2014 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

A Teacher (2013)

A maddening movie that has some gutsy aspects. But there is so much depending on credibility in the character's motivations, you can't quite ever buy the plot.

Which is this: a high school teacher gets involved with one of her students. I know this happens now and then, often to national headlines, so that much I like. But we want to see the psychology of a teacher who would do that, and it isn't here. What the director and writer (and leading actress, to some extent) give us is a young woman who takes risks and is obsessed with the young man she begins having sex with. Big risks. Risks so absurd (like kissing him in the classroom after the other students have left) that you wonder if the movie makers had information that this was true, or if they were winging it with no good instincts about how people would act in this situation.

Not that it needs to be terribly rational. Obviously here is a case of a teacher losing track of her place in her job, in her life, and of the consequences ahead. The student we believe, just enjoying a good ride with a nutty teacher, somewhat sincere in his liking her but a little baffled by her obsession. I mean he's only a high schooler, and as much as they know a lot about a lot, they don't know about the convolutions of older people's ability to love, and the complications of that.

Anyway, there is a lot offered here and very little achieved. To some extent the last scene of the teacher lying on a borrowed bed sums up all of our feelings. Kind of, oh my god, oh my god. Yeah, of course. But with so much dangling and unexplored, this could have been a powerful, valuable, must see drama.


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