Venkovsky ucitel

Venkovsky ucitel

The country teacher

DVD - 2009 | Czech
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When a young natural sciences teacher (Pavel Liška) turns down a prestigious school in Prague to work in the backwaters of a remote Czech village, it seems like an odd choice, but he's looking for the space and quiet that he thinks only the country can afford. Once settled, he meets Marie (Zuzana Bydžovská), a local widow whose husband left her to work their farm and raise an adolescent son (Ladislav Šedivý). They form a firm friendship, one she'd like to take further. What Marie does not realize is that the teacher has actually left Prague to escape both a former lover and the confusion he feels about his own sexuality. It is a reality he is forced to confront, however, when his ex-boyfriend arrives in town, upsetting the tenuous love triangle that has formed between Marie, the teacher and her insolent son.
Publisher: [New York] : Film Movement, c2009
Call Number: CZECH DVD F VENK
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: English title : Country teacher

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 15, 2015

The two live cow births added an dramatic/metaphorical element to interesting story of Czech country life.

This is Year 7 Film 4 of FilmMovement.

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petehoover98118
Aug 05, 2014

This was a rather sweet movie beautifully done in the Czech country side and depicted a lot of how life is actually lived there. Primary is the importance of dairy cows. There are two calf births depicted, and I'm pretty sure they're not some kind fo simulation, but actual births. The first is a stillbirth after labor difficulties.
The only way I can figure out that they accomplished that was to shoot the two births first and then they wrote the movie around how the calf births came out.
Second is the destruction that alcohol plays in the lives of these folks.
Third is that the Czech school system is longer than the American one, and the adolescents depicted are actually approaching or beyond 20 years old. They have sex, they drink, they leave home, they come back, they drive.
When a teacher and a student work closely with each other, there often is a love bond that forms between them. It is a violation of how things are supposed to go if this love bond extends beyond the subject that's being worked on, but the violation is pretty common. That's why it's OK for college professors to marry their students once they have stopped taking their class, but not while they're taking the class.
I understand to Americans that it appears that a wicked child-molester is making a predatory swipe at an innocent child, but what's actually depicted is a drunken pass made to another drunk, both of whom are older than 21 or so. For a gay man, the movie is rather inconclusive, and it seems to be more of a chick flick than a gay movie. The outcome seems to be geared more to women than to men.

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floy
Jul 04, 2011

I have mixed reactions to this Czech film. On one hand, I appreciated that the actors were not required to be beautiful, as is so often the case in Hollywood. These actors are very real; they're people you could imagine having in your life. Through most of the movie, the story was very gentle and lovely. It focuses on a gay man who isn't able to be himself in the small village where he is a teacher. Where the movie goes wrong is how it then proceeds to infer that the gay man is helpless to control his sexual impulses. The film then has the teacher fondling a sleeping adolescent (one of his students and the son of his landlady). This is an old and very homophobic myth that all gay men are pedophiles. That this movie would evolve into this prejudiced stereotype was very dissappointing because the rest of the film was good.

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