In cinema, the story of the committed teacher and the tough inner-city teens never gets old – although it can get clichéd.
That’s not the case, though, with Diego Lerman’s Argentinian drama. Lucio is a passionate but somewhat embittered literature scholar with frustrated creative ambitions who takes a supply teacher job in a tough area. A promising classroom vibe is damaged, however, when local gendarmerie raid the school after drugs are found on the premises – a fix-up involving mayoral rivalries – resulting in student Dilan, a protégé of Roberto, having to go on the run.
A clever mix of social issues and elements of gangland thriller underpinned by an insightful central character study.