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The Lesson (2014)

Urok (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 31 March 2016 (Greece)
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In a small Bulgarian town Nadezhda, a young teacher, is looking for the robber in her class so she can teach him a lesson about right and wrong. But when she gets in debt to loan sharks, can she find the right way out herself?
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Margita Gosheva ... Nadezhda
Ivan Barnev ... Mladen
Ivan Savov
Stefan Denolyubov ... Money Lender
Andrea Todorova Andrea Todorova
Poli Angelova Poli Angelova ... The Secretary (as Poly Angelova)
Milena Ilieva
Boris Doychinov Boris Doychinov
Nikolay Todorov Nikolay Todorov ... Kutsev
Vanina Geleva
Hristina Cvetanova Hristina Cvetanova
Peshka Maneva Peshka Maneva
Ivanka Bratoeva Ivanka Bratoeva
Greta Velikova
Ana Bratoeva Ana Bratoeva
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In a small Bulgarian town Nadezhda, a young teacher, is looking for the robber in her class so she can teach him a lesson about right and wrong. But when she gets in debt to loan sharks, can she find the right way out herself?

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Tense and at times mesmerising tale from Bulgaria.
17 May 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

Nade is a school teacher of teenagers; her husband is a man who dotes on their daughter but also on the drink bottle. His nefarious carryings on have plummeted them into serious debt. She also has a side line in translating Bulgarian documents into English. Then one day one of her students has her purse stolen. It is obviously one of the class who is the culprit but Nade is unable to get them to fess up.

Now she is presented with some stark choices as to how to pay off her debts and so begins a very harrowing and exhausting as well as emotionally draining journey that had me increasingly gripped.

I have seen some comments that this is a slow start and I have to agree. However, you need to set the ground rules in order for the later events to have the fullest impact and I must say this really delivers. It is in Bulgarian and a bit of English, and runs to 111 minutes; it has also won a slew of awards and I have to say they are all completely deserved – recommended to lovers of European cinema and those who like their films to be a bit deeper.


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Bulgaria | Greece

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Bulgarian | English

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31 March 2016 (Greece) See more »

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$9,045

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,142
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