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The Country Teacher

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A gifted and well-qualified young teacher takes a job teaching natural sciences at a grammar school in the country. Here he makes the acquaintance of a woman and her troubled 17-year old son. The teacher has no romantic interest in the woman but they quickly form a strong friendship, each recognizing the other's uncertainties, hopes and longing for love. When the teacher's ex-boyfriend comes to visit from the city, he quickly realizes that nobody in the village knows that the teacher is gay and harbors a secret affection for the teenage boy. His jealous actions set in motion a series of events that will test the inner strength and compassion of the teacher, the woman and her son to a breaking point. A beautifully shot, powerfully acted, profoundly moving story of desire, responsibility, forgiveness and the need to belong, from the internationally-acclaimed director of Something Like Happiness and Wild Bees.

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Beautifully crafted --Variety

Bracing --Screen Daily

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  • Actors: Pavel Liska, Zuzana Bydzovska, Marek Daniel
  • Directors: Bohdan Slama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Czech
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TLZ2ZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Bryan A. Pfleeger VINE VOICE on July 11, 2009
Format: DVD
Bohdan Slama is becoming the new voice in Czech cinema. In three films he has shown himself to be a major talent. His film The Country Teacher presents a simple yet powerful story about unrequited love and the human power of forgiveness.

A teacher (Pavel Liska) moves to a small rural village in order to take a job teaching natural science at the local elementary school. He is a quiet introspective man who does not seem to fit into the setting that he has placed himself in after having taught in Prague. He soon becomes friends with a lonely widow Marie (Zuzana Bydzovska) and her rebellious 17 year old son Lada (Ladislav Sedivy). As the friendship progresses the audience learns that the teacher has no sexual interest in Marie but no reason is given. When a former boyfriend of the teacher arrives in the village a chain of events is set off that willlead to painful revelations about all three of the main characters.

The film concentrates on characters not on convoluted plot lines to get its story across. There are long takes that focus on individual faces. Director of photography Divis Marek does an admirable job filming the bucolic landscape with long lenses in order to force his viewers into the story. If there is a flaw with the film it is that the ending is a little contrived but the message that forgivness is necessary for us to evolve as humans is universal. There are also messages about the diversity of life that are played out in the daily lives of the characters..

This film had a limited screening in my location but I was able to view the Film Movement DVD. The standatd definition disc presents the film with no real issues and the subtitles are easy to read and seem to get at the nuances in Slama's script.

This one is worth checking out if you can find it. The film was an official selection at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals and won the Audience Award at the Cottbus Film Festival.
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For Czechophiles, Bogdan Slama`s latest film, `The Country Teacher`(Venkovsky Ucitel), is a must see. With its panoramic shots of emerald forests and sapphire lakes, the film captures the magic of the Czech lands. Moreover, `The Country Teacher` radiates that indescribable Central European essence much like a Hrabal novel.

And yes, there is a story as well. A timeless and beautiful one at that, a fable about love, self-acceptance and our indestructible need for others. The `teacher` in question has left a prestigious teaching position in Prague, transferring instead to a village elementary school. The locals are glad to have such a learned person teaching their children. Yet, they can`t understand why he has come. Self-effacing and bookish, the teacher inspires his new pupils. Soon, he makes the acquaintance of a simple peasant woman and her teenaged son. Helping the son with his math lessons, the teacher soon becomes a regular at their dilapidated farmhouse.

Yet, cracks begin to appear in the teacher`s seemingly enigmatic mask. He is lonely and stand-offish, yet he rejects the romantic advances of the farm lady. He confesses that he is fresh from a break-up and needs time to be alone.

The real reason behind the teacher`s confusing behavior soon becomes clear. Back in Prague for a short vacation, he comes out to his parents. It turns out that he has escaped the temptations and disappointments of big city life and has sought out an idyllic refuge in the country. Soon the teacher`s former life catches up as an ex-lover pays a visit to his science lesson. The teacher must face his true identity in his new environment.

Caught in this dilemma, the teacher suffers and soon succumbs to his desires. He attempts to seduce his young student.
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This is a low key, but very beautiful Czech film. A talented young teacher leaves his prestigious teaching job in Prague to teach in a small rural school and locals are somewhat suspicious of his motives, but never-the-less welcome him into local activities. It is later revealed that Peter is gay, but wants more meaning out of life than offered by casual city hookups. The major focus of the film is not Peter's gayness, but on the relationship between Peter, a lonely widow Marie and her rebellious 17 year old son. The film's portrayal of pastoral farm life is spectacular and leads an element of visceral truth to the film. This is a heartfelt drama that deals with very human issues.
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The Country Teacher, a Czech film set in a rural area outside of Prague, is a moving drama about a gay teacher who leaves his teaching job (science) in Prague to find more a uncomplicated, simpler existence. His fascination with one of his pupils, son of a farm woman in the house he's living in, leads to a blunder which could upset not only his life, but others. The charming way he works his way out of this situation makes for a really moving ending . . .
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I have an all-region dvd player so I can play films like this in the U.S. I want to see the words I am hearing and this film allows me to do just that. It is very reasonably priced and comes in a flat cardboard folder which takes much less space to store. Delivery time was super-fast right from the Czech Republic.
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The Country Teacher is about a young man that leaves Prague to teach biology in a small decrepit Czech village. From the outset, it is clear the teacher sees life differently than others. The film is about love, passion, and loss. The setting is gritty at times and beautiful others.

From a purely technical standpoint, this film is a joy to watch. Since the film is presented in Czech with English subtitles, I found myself reading and not noticing something incredible about this film. The average cut in this film is around 2 minutes. I timed one fairly complex scene at 3 minutes 20 seconds. A remarkable feat of choreography, acting, and camera work. I was in awe at the poetry of the camera work.

The director mastered the very long cut. The cameraman mastered the ability to move gracefully, hold the camera steady, and follow the action perfectly. The sound and lighting are well done, even the night street party was clear. But there are some flaws. Towards the end the film loses the wonderful rhythm it established in the beginning. There is a scene that moves from outdoors, through a hallway, into the kitchen, behind a table, back around the table, and out the door. Sadly, this looks like a very rushed shot, there is a greater amount of camera movement than in all the previous shots. The teacher is shown being a master teacher early on; and then school is completely forgotten with no explanation. In fact, it seems like the teacher is on summer break. He also turns into this painfully quiet reculse that has trouble physically moving. And then the bookend shows up near the end of the film, and he is the master teacher again. There were no good transitions between these acts of the film.
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