The Lesson

| September 13, 2015

 The Lesson by Film Movement proves to be a hard lesson for Nade, who is an honest, hard-working elementary school teacher and devoted mother, struggling to keep her life together in a small Bulgarian town.

Her unemployed, alcoholic husband has secretly spent their mortgage payments on booze; the agency where she translates legal documents for extra cash is going under; and a thief in her class has stolen the last of her money out of her purse. With few options left, Nade turns to a local loan shark for help, but with the repossession of her home looming, she finds herself with little hope. Resorting to measures her former self would have found depraved, Nade attempts one last desperate act to get the money she needs.

Nade, played by Margita Gosheva, is such a devoted soul; from teaching her students the importance of honesty, to making sure that her daughter is well taken care of and then trying to help her hapless hubby feel some sense of worth—even though I feel that he’s fighting her every step of the way.

I enjoyed this film, while I rooted for Nade to finally learn just which student has been stealing from other students, as well, in her classroom. She works hard to make ends meet—so I empathized with her on that end. And finally, when she has to turn to the loan shark, you just keep your fingers crossed that she doesn’t have to cross over the line too much. You want her to maintain her dignity but you also want her to prevail in the matter.

When she visits her rich father for financial assistance, I rallied with her as she rallied against all for which he stood—he took up with a woman shortly after Nade’s mother passed away, and the woman and Nade just won’t get along.

Nade’s visit to the bank, after piecing all her money together to ward off the eviction of her home, is heartwrenching, as she is only what seems like a couple of bucks short, and literally has to run outside to beg strangers for the  remaining funds.

All in all, Nade resorts to desperate measures to keep her family together. And I suppose many people would do just as much to fight “the man” by any means necessary. I always say this—I simply love Film Movement movies. Look for more information about The Lesson at

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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