Saturday, February 16, 2008

Il Supplente

Today I saw Il Supplente, an Oscar® nominee in the Live Action Short Film category.

Italy's Andrea Jublin brings us rapidly into the classroom where all hell is breaking loose with the new substitute teacher. Usually when this happens, it's because the teacher has lost all control of the students. In this setting, the instructor is purposely wreaking havoc, chiming in with others to make fun of the fat kid, persuading one girl to hand over her diary and generally acting like an asshole.

This should be funny, but to me no part of it was. I thought the ending may redeem where the story had gone, but instead it carried the same cheap torch to the finish line.

It's disappointing this is even in the running for an Academy Award®.

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