The Substitute

Åsa Blanck & Johan Palmgren.

Sweden 2006,84 min.

Substitute kicks off with a somewhat contrived storyline: schoolteacher Max is struggling ineptly with his multi-racial class, who’d rather fiddle with their mobile phones than listen to his lesson. He calls in his own former teacher Folke, now aged 73, to see if the old methods of education work any better. At first it’s hard to care very much – stroppy teenagers, inexperienced teacher, authoritarian old hand, the cast feels too familiar.

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