Monday , January 22 2018

The Student

After Venya’s mother receives a call from school reporting her son’s refusal to participate in mixed swimming lessons, she first suspects her teenager of being shy and derides his claim that it is… more

In Movie Theaters U.S.

Friday, April 21, 2017

On DVD & Blu-ray Estimated; not official

September 2017

Cast more cast

Pyotr Skvortsov

Viktoriya Isakova

Yuliya Aug

Aleksandra Revenko

Aleksandr Gorchilin

Irina Rudniktskaya

DIRECTOR

Kirill Serebrennikov

Screenwriter

Kirill Serebrennikov
Marius von Mayenburg

Companies

Under The Milky Way

Rating MPAA

Not Rated

Languages

Russian

Storyline

After Venya’s mother receives a call from school reporting her son’s refusal to participate in mixed swimming lessons, she first suspects her teenager of being shy and derides his claim that it is “against his religion.” As Venya is finally exempted by the school’s devout principal, he grows confident that his strict and rigorous study of the Bible gives him the ability to manipulate all forms of authority. Challenged by a teacher who refuses to consent to his dogma, he sets out to eliminate her and subdue an entire community. At a time when arguments over the teaching of religion in public schools are prominent in the media, this wildly escalating classroom drama—based on a play by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg—serves as a frightening cautionary tale.

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