A high school student becomes convinced that the world has been lost to evil, and begins to challenge the morals and beliefs of the adults around him. Challenged by a teacher who refuses to consent to his dogma, he sets out to eliminate her and subdue an entire community. At a time when arguments over the teaching of religion in public schools are prominent in the media, this wildly escalating classroom drama – based on a play by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg – serves as a frightening cautionary tale.
As visually arresting as it is thought-provoking, The Student takes a fearlessly confrontational approach to difficult themes — and proves richly rewarding in its execution.
Dir: Kirill Serebrennikov Russia 2017 113 mins Cert: CLUB
Starring: Viktoriya Isakova, Yuliya Aug, Protr Skvortsov, Aleksandra Revenko