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Review: A Teacher

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The essentialism of Hannah Fidell’s first feature, “A Teacher”—remaining close on the rash behavior of one character to the exclusion of other narrative niceties—sounds like a dangerous choice, until you see the performance by Lindsay Burdge. Minimalist, meet maximalist. In a wealthy Texas suburb, Diana becomes obsessed with one of her students after starting an ill-starred, illegal affair. Burdge’s tense, taut, tactile presence is not reduced by psychology or amplified by melodrama: she wants, she needs, she seethes, she bleeds. Burdge amazes. 75m. (Ray Pride)

“A Teacher” opens Friday, September 13 at Facets.

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