A Teacher

75 minutes

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By day, she's the perfect high school English teacher—bright, composed, relatable; by night, she becomes the simpering lover of one of her male students. The protagonist of this low-budget, Texas-shot drama is familiar from numerous Isabelle Huppert vehicles; unfortunately, lead actress Lindsay Burdge is no Huppert—she never seems to be repressing much of anything beneath her flat surface. This broadly recalls some of Catherine Breillat's work in its narrative structure, which teases the viewer with numerous anticlimaxes before suddenly erupting in violent emotion, but writer-director Hannah Fidell lacks Breillat's gift for observation. The movie is lifeless for its first hour, and the last-minute outpourings are too little, too late.

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