A rather muted take on Spark which by centring on a mannered performance by Smith tends to destabilise the rest of the film with a series of camp flourishes rather than any particular insight into this silly woman's naive politics. Johnson's stoically stern headmistress is a small treat.
I was really surprised by this movie... at first it looked something like an ancient "Dead Poets Society" (which, by the way, is not a great compliment). But then the movie takes a more interesting turn and the relations between teachers and students become more complex: not just admiration, not just hate (it reminded me of "Cracks"). Great perfomances!