Victor Sluzhkin signs on as a teacher of geography in a secondary school in his native Perm (in the Urals) and gets lost in a haze of hard vodka, desperate love for a nymphet-like student and the stress of educating teenagers.
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A drunkard teacher learns from his teenage students as much as he teaches them. Although it’s depicting alcoholism “Geograf” is actually a comic feel-good movie that is much smarter than its Hollywood counterparts. The characters go beyond the usual stereotypes and the dialogue is witty and full of small insights. A wonderful film.