Adrien Brody is a replacement teacher who only teaches English until the end of the semester before the proper teacher gets hired.
The film pictures the crisis of the institution of school, the burning out of teachers, the helpless children who get agressive and violent as that seems to be the only way for them to survive the cursed adolescence.
Brody plays a flesh and blood character who has the patience and smoothness of a lamb while at school, but has also a brutal and strict side of him outside the workplace.
Amazingly acted and fantastically told – great watch.
One more to the Catching Up section.
I have never been to India, but couldn’t escape the impression that the presented world is very far from how India actually looks.
As I found out later reading the trivia section on IMDB page, I was right. Apparently the vast majority of the first draft of the script was written without the writer ever going to India.
The world presented is an idyllic vision of India which is colourful, stylised and incredibly clean.
It tells the story of three brothers; Francis, Peter and Jack (apparently named after Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich and Jack Nicholson) who take upon a spiritual journey, which term is quoted enough times to make sure that the audience knows it to be irony.
The three brothers are Owen Wilson (since watching ‘Midnight in Paris’, I will always perceive him as Woody Allen), Adrien Brody (he is an amazing comedian!), Jason Schwartzman (barefoot again – just like in ‘I <3 Huckabee’ – will need to investigate whether this is a permanent feature…). Natalie Portman is a girlfriend in an episodic role – in fantastic shape with short boyish haircut.
Great smart comedy with amazing colours, interior design and a play with convention. Recommend!