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  1. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film The Country Teacher

  2. cin·aes·the·tic's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    Four stars for the first half, two stars for the second half. I get that the turning point is supposed to unsettle the various characters and create conflict, but complex conflicts are usually not solved in the span of an hour in real life. Divis Marek's cinematography and Slovak composer Vladimír Godár's score are nothing short of superb, but Bohdan Sláma's screenplay is the main flaw of this film.

  3. La Foret's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    Story is not banal and music is immense.

  4. David R Williams's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    Ultimately a film about forgiveness and the ability to move forward with one's life.

  5. caitlin.f's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    man i was really liking this until the sexual assault scene. ugh.

  6. Marco Della Motta's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    A morally disturbing ending to what had started out as an otherwise very fine film.

  7. mpho3's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    He moves ghostlike through his life until confronted w/ the passed out presence of the young man, followed by inexplicable transgression. Null period then a "forgiveness," which comes from the same nowhere as his groping hands. Liked it more than disliked it, esp. for Liška, Bydzovska and Kronerová's rich performances, but the film is weakened by its homophobia and misogyny. 3.5 stars

  8. Pelicant's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    Mileage will vary in overall appreciation of the film based on how strongly you believe in the power of forgiveness, but the first hour or so is exquisitely made before troubling characterizations of its non-heterosexual characters intercede.

  9. muse_x's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    Outsiders, regardless of setting. Odd ducks the lot, find transcendence. Creeped out on the twist, tho' I can't say I didn't see it coming. The human condition, the foibles of the heart. It happens.

  10. Joe Guada's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    .Quiet, moving drama from the Czech Republic. @mubi

  11. Loz Loory's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    Felt like a Chekhov play: characters searching for an escape from their own unique forms of loneliness. Not sure why the synopsis describes Marie as "peculiar": she's a single mother with responsibilities. Film is overloaded with metaphors: prophesy of old woman about winters; snails & their shells; sexuality of worker bees; empty wells. Creepy sexual predation scene; very creepy to make the kid forgive him.

  12. Chunkino's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    A perfectly and slightly askew film which boils down to the beauty of forgiveness. The final scene with its symbolism of the return of innocence is perfect.

  13. photo_aurora's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    *spoilers alert* I was really enjoying the movie, until the gay teacher assaulted the teenager. This movie equates homosexuality with predatory behavior. When we meet the teacher's previous lover, he is also a sexual predator, going after a teenage girl. The ending is upsetting, all about the teacher's need for forgiveness, while the boy who was abused is expected not only to forgive and live w. his abuser as family.

  14. Auranee's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    This was going so well, and then... what?? What

  15. katballo's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    This movie at first seems like a sweet coming of age story- a teacher becomes close with a farmer and her son whose father has left them. But then instead of assuming a father position the teacher's "gay urges" overcome his better judgement. In the end, a weird rape incident is forgiven because "everyone needs someone." Good acting, weird movie. Also, look out for the uncomfortable Julian Casablancas look alike.

  16. Lorna Singh's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    Another example of how the best films are of complex characters making an emotional impact without heavy drama.Pavel Liska is moving as a man trying to find self acceptance and forgiveness. Brilliant cinematography of the Czech countryside.

  17. Radka's rating of the film The Country Teacher

    It seemed odd and out of character for Petr to try to seduce Lada. Just something someone like him would never do. But apart from that, I really loved it.