A film about a school teacher who's reluctant to tell anyone he's gay, The Country Teacher has its local premiere tonight at 6:45 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. If you miss tonight's screening, it shows again at 6:45 p.m. Friday, July 31. Here's our review.
The Country Teacher (Czech Republic/France/Germany, 2008) When a smart prep-school teacher (Pavel Liska) leaves Prague to go to a countryside school, the locals suspect there was something in his past that made him flee the big city. They’re right, though it takes them some time figure out what. We get our first clue when a farm woman (Zuzana Bydzovská) makes advances toward him, and he shuns her for no particular reason. It’s not long before we find out he’s gay, something that comes to the fore when he becomes fixated on the farmer’s teenage son (Ladislav Sedivy). The longer the teacher stays in the closet, the more uncomfortable things get in this compelling drama. Written and directed by Bohdan Sláma, The Country Teacher juxtaposes big city and rural values, and ultimately shows that humanity can be possible for both. *** (Jeff Niesel)