Miss Stevens Captures a Non-classroom Aspect of Being a Teacher

 In Drama, Everything, Recommended, Woman Director, Woman Writer

The review:

Julia Hart directs and Lily Rabe inhabits Miss Stevens and together they create a story about the parts of teaching that don’t have to do with standing in the front of a classroom. Lily Rabe is a complex Miss Stevens* and watching her students watch her make the choices she does is only part of the fun. At times, the movie balances the teacher/student relationships on a knife’s edge and the tension is in seeing how Miss Stevens will react; in addition, Timothée Chalemet pushes the envelope the most in an excellent performance.**

The verdict: Recommended

Cost: free via Kanopy
Where watched: at home

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Further sentences:

*I was captivated by her performance. She has a really interesting face: lots of emotion and she looks different from every angle.
**That at one point tips over to “too big” but otherwise is exemplary.

Questions:

  • I had trouble making recommendations of other movies.What’s your favorite quiet-mentor movie?
  • What was one point where Miss Stevens made a choice that was right for the moment?
  • What makes a good teacher?

Favorite IMDB Trivia Item:

The headrests on the front seats of Miss Stevens’ car are incorrectly positioned, causing a safety issue where a crash could potentially lead to the decapitation of the driver and front passenger.

(Oh internet comments. Sometimes I love you so much.)

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