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The Lesson

Alice Troughton | 2023 | 103 MINS
UK
A young author takes a tutoring position at the estate of a legendary writer. Starring Richard E. Grant and Julie Delpy.

In Detail

Liam (Daryl McCormack), an aspiring and ambitious young writer, eagerly accepts a tutoring position at the family estate of his idol, renowned author J.M. Sinclair (Academy Award nominee Richard E. Grant).

But soon, Liam realizes that he is ensnared in a web of family secrets, resentment, and retribution. Sinclair, his wife Hélène (Academy Award nominee Julie Delpy), and their son Bertie (Stephen McMillan) all guard a dark past, one that threatens Liam’s future as well as their own.

Cleverly constructed, fresh and fascinating, the film unfolds with a tonic intelligence and a slow accretion of menace, Alex MacKeith’s screenplay is smoothly in sync with the specific skills of each performer.