a middle school classroom in Bratislava in 1983, a new teacher, Maria
Drazdechova, asks each
student to stand up, introduce themselves and tell her what their parents do
for a living. It slowly becomes clear that perhaps the pupils' grades are
related to how willing their guardians are open to helping her out with her
errands, her housecleaning, and other random services. After one of the
students attempts suicide, however, the director of the school has no choice
but to call for an emergency parents' meeting to remove the teacher. Because Ms. Drazdechova is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party,
parents are hesitant to sign a petition to transfer her out. In a classroom
behind the Iron Curtain, the future of all the families are at stake, as the
film examines how each family must wrestle with standing up for what they
believe in or silently keep the status quo.
in Slovak with English subtitles, 103 minutes.
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