A Teacher

Hannah Fidell, USA 2013, 75’

Above all, A Teacher is a character study of a woman failing to properly interact with her surroundings.At first the teacher just  appears to be doing her job, and only later do we learn that this ordinary person is sleeping with one of her students. It is this introduction to the forbidden romance that flips the perspective and lets the film rise far above  the average morality tale. Maybe the affair offers an escape from adult obligations. Fidell suggests the teacher’s broken relationship with her mother may be the cause, but provides no simple psychological answers. Sound and image are toned down in this disciplined narrative, while actress Lindsay Burdge plays a complex character you desire to watch, in spite of her reprehensible choices.


Hannah Fidell

Hannah Fidell is a director, writer, and producer based in Brooklyn, and recently named one of Filmmaker magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” A Teacher, which she wrote, directed, and co-produced with Kim Sherman, is her second feature film.



2010 We're Glad You're Here

2011 The Gathering Squall (kr. m. / short)

2013 Nauczycielka / A Teacher


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director Hannah Fidell
screenplay Hannah Fidell
cinematography Andrew Droz Palermo
editing Sofi Marshall
music Brian McOmber
cast Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Julie Dell Phillips, Jonny Mars, Chris Doubek
producer Hannah Fidell, Kim Sherman
production Flaneur Films
sales Visit Films
language English
coloration colour
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