Venkovský Ucitel (The Country Teacher)
Venkovský Ucitel (The Country Teacher) (2008)

A man struggles to understand and accept both himself and others in this pastoral drama from Czech filmmaker Bohdan Sláma. Petr (Pavel Liska) is a schoolteacher who has grown tired of life in Prague and wants out of his dead-end… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bohdan Slama's stunningly filmed dramedy is loaded with full-bodied characters and quietly sincere performances.

Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's the kind of film that Hollywood used to excel at but no longer seems interested in making.

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Washington Post

Despite all the pain and self-loathing of its wounded characters, it's a pretty, heartwarming picture that tells us everybody needs somebody to help shatter that ol' boulder for good.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Figuring out the true situation is what writer-director Bohdan Sláma's beautifully nuanced character study is all about.

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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times

The film boasts subtle performances and curious situations with unpredictable outcomes.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Liska, who looks like a Central European version of the young Harvey Keitel, has a kind of pitch-perfect opacity.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The didactic lecture on forgiveness was a bore and all the contrivances smelled like manure.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

The film is graced with lovely performances by Pavel Liska as the teacher, Zuzana Bydzovska as Marie and Ladislav Sedivy as the boy.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

It's a movie that demonstrates, if you'll pardon the sports metaphor, how deep the bench is in Eastern European film.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

The actors are interesting rather than glamorous, their acting style consistently low-key, and their triumphs and failures realized on a human rather than grandiose scale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
This was a film that will make some very uncomfortable and that portrays some very real people dealing with some very real issues. Petr (Pavel Liska) is a… More
Walter M.
In "The Country Teacher," the headmaster(Cyril Drozda) wonders why Petr(Pavel Liska) has come to the country from Prague to teach. Could it have… More
Daisy Maduro
The Country Teacher showed the love and loss from the people of a dairy farm in the Czech Republic. It was an inspiring movie about the struggle of a gay… More