THE LESSON (15)

Date Time
Sun 17th January 7.45pm

Dir: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov | Bulgaria / Greece | 2014 | 105 mins
Cast | Margita Gosheva

The Lesson, for which Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov won the San Sebastian New Directors Award, is an excellent social realist drama reminiscent of the Dardennes’ brothers recent Two Days, One Night. Margita Gosheva is Nadezhda, a teacher in a small Bulgarian town who’s troubled by petty thefts in her classroom, but finds her morals compromised when her own finances go awry, finding she must go to desperate lengths to ensure her survival. A tough and unsentimental drama, it’s eloquent on the near-impossibility of behaving well when in dire financial straits, and a parable for the EU’s contemporary economic woes.

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