The lesson

The lesson

DVD - 2015 | Bulgarian
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Nade is an honest, hard-working elementary school teacher struggling to keep her life together. With the home she shares with her alcoholic husband and young daughter on the brink of repossession and no money to her name, Nade resorts to measures her former self, untouched by the realities of economic desperation and moral compromise, would have found depraved.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Film Movement, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE LESSO
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Crooked candy
Urok
Notes: Bonus short film: Crooked candy (USA, 6 min.) is a documentary short directed by Andrew Rodgers. Summary: Kinder Surprise eggs are enormously popular all around the world. That is, except in the United States where they are considered a choking hazard and are illegal. This is the story of a Bulgarian Kinder smuggler
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2014

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empbee
Feb 10, 2018

Very good movie about a school teacher and her ethical problem solving skills in her professional and personal life. The acting of Margita Gosheva as Nade, the teacher is subtle but powerful.

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phoemouse
Aug 26, 2017

Nade has a kind, but financially irresponsible and unproductive, older husband and a kind, but financially irresponsible and unproductive employer. She is so angry at her father for the way he treated her mother that she is unwilling to take his money when she is in desperate need. So Nade gets caught in a financial crisis that she did not create, and is challenged to figure out what to do when all options seem terribly wrong. In the mean time, she shows up to teach her English class, and shows up to cook, wash dishes, and care for the daughter and husband who depend on her.

Excellent acting and dialogue. Hauntingly grim. Nade's intelligence, dignity, extreme hard work, and physical beauty don't seem enough to provide her a decent living in the face of the reality surrounding her. The movie is like a puzzle: what would you have done?

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singidunum_25
Jun 29, 2017

Low budgeted Bulgarian movie is slow paced, filled with human desperation, degradation and moral dilemma. It shows how hard it is to preserve any moral values in corrupted society....🤔

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uncommonreader
Apr 16, 2016

This is a very bleak parable indeed from Bulgaria which challenges "practise what you preach" to the extreme. Recommended.

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voisjoe1_0
Jan 10, 2016

The protagonist of this film, a grade school teacher, has a bad week -a very, very bad week. We see Murphy’s Law in action. Murphy’s Law states that if things can go wrong, they will go wrong. While you watch the film, ask yourself, if you were in the teacher’s shoes, when would you have completely lost your cool? This is a Bulgarian film. Even if I had some of my fingers amputated, I could still count the number of Bulgarian films that I have seen on that messed up hand.

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trotter73
Oct 27, 2015

I really felt bad for the main character, with money problems and everything going wrong at the worst possible time, but she should have swallowed her pride, apologized and accepted help.

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