The Guardian Recommends Bulgarian-Greek Movie “The Lesson” as Worth Watching
In last week’s list of movie reviews, The Guardian included the Bulgarian-Greek drama "Urok" ("The Lesson"), which has just been released in cinemas in the United Kingdom.
The movie, which is directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, tells the story of Nadezhda (played by Margita Gosheva), a schoolteacher who wants to teach a thief in her class a lesson.
Just as she makes this moral stand, she enters into financial difficulties when it turns out that her husband has spent money earmarked for mortgage repayments on the repair of his camper van.
In the words of Peter Bradshaw, a film critic writing for The Guardian, the directors turn the situation into a "tragic farcical ordeal which plays out like a slow motion car crash.”
Since its release in 2014, the movie has won several awards and has been screened at various national and international festivals among which Sofia Film Fest, as well as at the film festivals in San Sebastian, Gothenburg, Thessaloniki, Tokyo, Warsaw, and Toronto.
The movie was also one of the three films shortlisted for the 2015 LUX film prize of the European Parliament.
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