The Country Teacher

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In The Country Teacher, a gifted and well-qualified young teacher takes a job teaching natural sciences at a grammar school in the country. Here he makes the acquaintance of a woman and her troubled 17-year old son. The teacher has no romantic interest in the woman but they quickly form a strong friendship, each recognizing the other's uncertainties, hopes and longing for love. When the teacher's ex-boyfriend comes to visit from the city, he quickly realizes that nobody in the village knows that the teacher is gay and harbors a secret affection for the teenage boy. His jealous actions set in motion a series of events that will test the inner strength and compassion of the teacher, the woman and her son to a breaking point. A beautifully shot, powerfully acted, profoundly moving story of desire, responsibility, forgiveness and the need to belong, from the internationally-acclaimed director of Something Like Happiness and Wild Bees. "Mr. Liska's deep, quiet performance in the movie... and the film's portrayal of farm life as a rugged pastorale lends The Country Teacher a foundation of visceral truth." - Stephen Holdern, New York Times "A great story of love, friendship, and forgiveness." - Vincent Musetto, New York Post

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