A Teacher is streaming now on BBC iPlayer
Based on her 2013 movie of the same name, Hannah Fidell expands her original story of a teacher/pupil affair into a mini-series for FX, with mixed results. The TV version managing to expand the narrative of the film as promised. While equally attempting to focus on the affair’s outcomes for both the student (Nick Robinson) and teacher (Kate Mara). However, despite the effort taken to flesh out the movie’s narrative, placing the focus on the affair’s repercussions. A Teacher struggles to connect with its audience on a deeper level, despite outstanding performances. The characters motivations and backstory lacking in substance and time as events unfold in quick 25 minute episodes. But, it is the last three episodes that are the most problematic. Each one attempting to explore themes of guilt, coercion and judgement while largely steering clear of any risky or insightful commentary.
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