The Teachers' Lounge

critic Reviews

, 96% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A smart and provocative modern parable with the heart of a thriller, The Teachers' Lounge brilliantly uses its setting as the backdrop for a look at how quickly even tight-knit communities can be destabilized.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    This is a bold film that uses not a child vampire, as in Abigail, in cinemas now, but real children, and the adults charged with their care...
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    Mark KermodeKermode and Mayo's Take (YouTube)
    It's incredibly tense... it almost has a Hitchcockian edge.
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    Wendy IdeObserver (UK)
    Benesch is superb, her face a glazed mask of panic as the shockwaves resulting from her actions shake the very foundations of the school.
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    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    Çatak resists neat answers, and Benesch anchors the film with a performance of contained subtlety.
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    Isaac FeldbergLittle White Lies
    A chain-reaction melodrama: acted by self-serious types, scored by tightly wound strings, dependent on characters saying the wrong things and leaving the right ones unsaid with jaws firmly clenched.
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    Robbie CollinDaily Telegraph (UK)
    It’s a sound lesson in politics – or is it biology? – but more importantly, it’s a chalk-snappingly tense watch.
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    Jane FreeburyJane Freebury
    A compelling, moody score and an excellent central performance secures this complex schoolroom drama in which an idealistic teacher comes undone, despite the best of intentions
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    Carmen PaddockTAKE ONE Magazine
    A frog-in-a-kettle study of a societal microcosm under pressure, THE TEACHER’S LOUNGE leaves audiences turning over possible truths and futures for its characters long after the credits roll.
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    Simon MiraudoMovie Squad (RTRFM 92.1)
    Just the right dash of dark humour throughout this allegory of shifting power structures in a school's microcosmic society.
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    Andiee PaviourNobody's Reading This But Me
    A quagmire of cross-purposes inside a school is an unsettling lesson in the tenuousness of the structures we build to protect ourselves.
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