Thursday, January 31, 2019
THIS TEACHER (2018) Slamdance 2019
Good looking, beautifully acted and very deliberately mannered THIS TEACHER is going to be a film that you either fall in love with or find much too calculating. I'm in the later having never fully connected with the film from the first frames when Hafsia Herzi stares into the camera before repeatedly saying "I'm Here" to the person on the other side of the phone. It's a statement of fact for the character and a statement of intent for the film which then paints a portrait of how Herzi is marginalized.
I admire what the film is trying to do, I just never warmed to it's artificial construction.