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Films & Schedules - The Country Teacher

Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 2:30 PM (B2)

Mon, Feb 9, 2009
at 9 PM (B1)

The Country Teacher

DIRECTOR: Bohdan Sláma - Czech Republic

Sláma's touching film explores the search for affection and the plight of those who long for love but are somehow too afraid to seek it out or give in to it.  Leaving behind a promising career and a lover in Prague, a young teacher escapes to the countryside to work in a village school.  His own difficulties in accepting his sexual identity as a gay man are reinforced by the conservative social climate of the small community.  He befriends a local widow who soon wants to take the relationship further.  But the teacher, unable to tell the truth about himself, secretly covets the woman's 17-year-old son.  When his former lover suddenly shows up, he is finally forced to confront himself.  With an effortless naturalism, Sláma artfully tells a story about the unfulfilled love, sexual identity and the ironies of human existence.

Selected Filmography: Wild Bees (01), Something Like Happiness (05).

B2     113 Minutes    

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