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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 08.18.16] Russia drama

Teen stories often share similar DNA. They'e either romances or comedies or tales of kids acting out and the later usually include booze, drugs and sex or some combination of the three. That's not the case Kirill Serebrennikov's The Student.

Pyotr Skvortsov stars as Venya, a highschool student who finds himself at odds with his parents, friends and teachers when he becomes, as one review put it, "aggressively Christianized." Venya begins to lash out against everyone around him, particularly his biology teacher who seems to be the only one willing to stand up to him.

The idea, a high school drama with religion at its core, doesn't sound particularly interesting but there's a kinetic energy in the trailer for Serebrennikov's drama – largely due to the glimpses of Skvortsov's performance.

It certainly helps that there are some great shots in the trailer, in particular one quick blink-and-you'll-miss-it image tacked right at the end that suggest something ugly will happen.

The Student has been making its way through the festival circuit since its debut at Cannes. It doesn't currently have a US distributor but it opens in France November 2.

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