Venkovský Ucitel (The Country Teacher)
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Venkovský Ucitel (The Country Teacher)
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 relationship with another man. Petr is still coming to terms with his sexuality, and he decides to take a job in a small farming community where he can start his life over. As Petr settles into his new teaching position, he strikes up a friendship with his neighbors -- a ruggedly independent single woman, Marie (Zuzana Bydzovská), and her handsome teenage son, Lada… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"It's the kind of film that Hollywood used to excel at but no longer seems interested in making."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ , Washington Post
"Figuring out the true situation is what writer-director Bohdan Sláma's beautifully nuanced character study is all about."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"This small, contemporary Czech marvel showcases two bright talents and a sentiment not seen often enough on screen nowadays: sincerity."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"Sometimes predictable, but it takes a number of surprising turns."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Orange County and Long Beach Blade
"The film boasts subtle performances and curious situations with unpredictable outcomes."
‑ Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
"Liska, who looks like a Central European version of the young Harvey Keitel, has a kind of pitch-perfect opacity."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"The didactic lecture on forgiveness was a bore and all the contrivances smelled like manure."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A meaningful though patient drama built upon beautiful shots, a gentle humor and a great performance from Pavel Liska."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"The stunning pastoral setting at the core of The Country Teacher provides a sly backdrop for the troubled triangle at the heart of the heartfelt drama Czech writer-director Bohdan Sláma."
‑ Steve Ramos, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The film is graced with lovely performances by Pavel Liska as the teacher, Zuzana Bydzovska as Marie and Ladislav Sedivy as the boy."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a movie that demonstrates, if you'll pardon the sports metaphor, how deep the bench is in Eastern European film."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"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."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Teacher is a comedy-drama that feels real and humane and keeps finding ways to surprise us because its characters are as complicated as real people tend to be."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Has exquisite cinematography and occasional moments of tenderness, but its characters never truly come to life and its uneven screenplay doesn't fully explore their human struggles convincingly and sensitively enough to be make it an emotionally resonatin"
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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