Nadezhda is an English teacher who also works as a translator to earn extra cash. Stunned by a theft by one of her students she is determined to find the culprit. But meanwhile her personal life is put under huge pressure. A bailiff tells her that her house is about to be seized because of unpaid mortgage payments. Determined to keep the house, she will do everything she can to get the money before it is too late. Her personal and professional life converge as she wonders, whilst her options start to run out, whether to question the principles she teaches her students.
East European corruption well illustrated.
- The Lesson review by DR
A delightful film with convincing characters showing the dilemma of a woman forced to find a solution to her feckless husband's money problems. Working as a primary school teacher, she is at the same time trying to instil moral standards into an unruly class. There is much humour, realism and cynicism in this story.
A really good story well told. Much about it reminded me of the Dardennes brothers: the gritty reality of hard scrabble life in the modern world; the unglamorous truths about our moral decisions; and the race against the clock, leading to scenes of the main character pacing quickly along anonymous streets.
It makes me want to see more by the writing and directing team. Fine humane film-making.