Lindsay Burdge

A Teacher

It’s hard being a teenager these days. There’s pressure that never existed before to excel in school, have a well-rounded social and extracurricular life and just have a general ability to get your life together all before you turn 18. Now add hormones to the mix and it’s all shot to hell. The first trailer for Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher seems to focus on what happens when one of those hormonal teens crosses paths with an teacher who hasn’t quite gotten a grasp on the boundaries you need to be able to set in adulthood. High school teacher Diana (up-and-comer Lindsay Burdge) is in the middle of an affair with one of her students (Will Brittain) and all is well until she decides to call the whole thing off. But she can’t deny her attraction to her young student, and the taboo nature of their fling causes her to mentally unravel. Juicy. I would make a comparison to 2009’s An Education, another film about an inappropriate romance between a teen and an adult, except I remembered that Peter Sarsgaard’s character didn’t have any feelings. Check out the newest trailer for A Teacher after the break.

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A Teacher

Perhaps the most unsettling thing about Hannah Fidell’s finely tuned debut feature A Teacher is that the film gets its audience to sympathize with the emotional landscape of one of the world’s most objectively evil offenders – a child molester who preys upon her own students. Fidell’s film, which debuted back in January at Sundance as part of the festival’s unspoken “inappropriate relationship” section to mostly positive acclaim skirts the issue admirably – teacher Diana (Lindsay Burdge) is pretty enough and young enough to seem “innocent,” student Eric (Will Brittain) appears willing enough and complicit enough to not seem damaged by the experience – making it easy to metaphorically squint at the film’s proceedings and believe they just might be okay. Eric, after all, is practically grown, and he so frequently appears to have the upper hand in the relationship. And Diana? She so often acts like one of Eric’s peers, as if she wasn’t his teacher, but some mousy classmate shocked to find that someone so handsome and so popular would deign to even look at her. That’s the trick of A Teacher, that you can almost talk your way out of it, that you can almost reason it, before walking out of the theater and shaking yourself clean and remembering that it’s not okay and you’ve been in the sort of fog that Diana herself must have felt. There’s all sorts of issues tied up in the pair’s relationship – legal ones and moral ones and emotional ones – […]

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A Teacher

The prevalent theme of this year’s Sundance Film Festival centered on characters engaging in highly inappropriate sexual relationships, with a number of films chronicling romances (of a sort) that blossomed between people who had some serious power inequality (basically, there were just a lot of teachers getting it on with their students), with Hannah Fidell‘s quietly haunting A Teacher absolutely blowing up the mini-genre. The film was a favorite of mine at the fest, mainly due to star Lindsay Budge’s remarkable performance as the teacher in question, one which will soon be available for more moviegoers to enjoy (well, you know, as much as you can enjoy an achingly uncomfortable film), thanks to Oscilloscope Laboratories. The Playlist has just rolled out an exclusive teaser trailer for the film, one that does quite a bit with very little, as the minute or so of footage on display comes without dialogue and relies heavily on some s-e-x-y imagery. But, be warned, A Teacher isn’t just sexy, it’s seriously awkward (in the best possible way). Get a glimpse of the forbidden passion of A Teacher after the break. Scandal!

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A Teacher

Briefly: Oscilloscope Laboratories has just announced via press release that it has picked up the North American rights to Hannah Fidell’s feature directorial debut, A Teacher. The Lindsay Burdge-starring slow burn debuted at the Sundance Film Festival just last month to significant acclaim. Oscilloscope is reportedly planning a theatrical, video-on-demand, and digital release for the film later this year. The film will also show at next month’s SXSW Film Festival. Can’t wait till then to get entangled in Fidell’s tale of a high school teacher gone mad, thanks to an affair with one of her students? Check out my review from Sundance, in which I praise both Burdge’s assured performance and Fidell’s tight script and strong grasp on tension.

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