A Teacher

Synopsis: Diana Watts is an English teacher at Westerbrook High School in Austin, Texas. A longtime and continuing undisclosed issue between her and her mother may be only one factor in Diana looking for love in the wrong place. That place is at school, as she has just embarked on a secret affair with one of her students, Eric Tull. This relationship is the most fulfilling she's had in quite some time. A few incidents and the first real close call in being caught leads to Diana calling off the affair several months in, as she finally comes to the understanding that being caught would certainly mean the end of her teaching career and her good reputation. This close time away from Eric also gives Diana the opportunity to look at their relationship through a slightly different perspective, with the old adage of absence making the heart grow fonder kicking in. As such, Diana gets torn between doing what she knows is the right thing by staying away from Eric, or listening to her troubled heart, her g
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Hannah Fidell
Production: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
75 min

And to the republic

for which it stands,

one nation under God,


with liberty

and justice for all.

All right, everyone.

It is quiz time.

You excited?


Oh, boy.

- Not at all.

- No.

Did anyone

do the reading last night?

Absolutely not.


Actually, I read it twice.


Okay, after we, uh,

take the quiz,

we'll go over the practice A.P.

essays from last week.

Please pass these down.

Oh, sure.

Lanie, if you would

pass these down.

Were the essays any better

this time?

They were, actually.

I was very impressed.


All right. So...

There are four questions

on the quiz.

A few sentences each,


So, about a half a page?



Five lines, or should we do six lines?

Let's just say

half a page, all right?


Okay, it's 8:
20 now,

so at 8:

you may use your books.

At 8:
40, pencils down.

Please begin.

Lanie, I love you.

Can I borrow a book, please?

You may.

Thank you.





That was horrible.

Yeah, it's the worst.

Who are you texting?


Who was that?

Who was that?


Did I see the name Eric?


Have I met Eric?



He's nothing.


Where did you meet Eric?


At school.

Nice. Very nice.


Have you seen the girls?

Hello, madam.

Oh. Hello.

Um... shall we?

Later, gator.

Where you going?



Oh, my God.

When I was in high school,

I used to go to have sex

with my boyfriend in his car,

and I'd tell my mom that I

was going to get ice cream.

Then I'd come back

a couple hours later...

with my hair all f***ed up.

I can't believe...

She must have known.

She never seemed to know.

I should go.

Hey, when do you get back?

Uh, tomorrow.

Night, I think.


Um, yeah.

I can't wait.

Okay, everyone.

Have a fantastic


Don't forget to do your reading.

Catch up to chapter nine.

All right.

Thanks for the advice.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

You too.

And what can I

do for you?

Would you also like

to start a club?

Maybe the make-out club?


When are you leaving for Houston?



Call me later?

I will.

Bye, Miss Watts.

Have a happy Thanksgiving.

You too, Mr. Tull.

Yeah. I've got one

in the mix this time.

- She's a good student.

- What are you all whispering about?

Oh, we're talkin' about those kids who got

busted smoking weed in the parking lot.

Yeah, and the girl Hayley?

She's in my A.P. Comp class.

Her mom's just gonna

bail her out anyway, so...

Well, yeah, she might. Hey, we're

gonna go for a drink after work.

- You wanna come with us?

- Oh, my brother's in town.

I promised him I'd

meet him for a drink, so...

You never mentioned you

had a brother. I know.

I'll see you guys later. Have a

good break. Yeah, you too.

See you.


Hey, Diana. It's Hunter.

Uh, I'm gonna be in Austin

for a meeting.

I know it's been a long time,

but, uh, we need to

talk about Mom.

Um, you can't

just avoid this forever.

Okay? Call me.




So how's everything?

It's good.

Mom's good too.

She doesn't always recognize me,

but, uh,

she asks about you.

I'm worried about you.


Look, I just, um...

You need to know...

You know, I'm really...

It was really nice of you to call.

Hang on. This has been really fun,

but I've got to go now.

You can get that. I'm sure you

can expense it or something.


I don't wanna go.

I just wanna stay here.

Just stay the night. Leave early in

the morning before Dad gets up.

I don't mean right now.

I mean this.



I'm trying to

tell you something.

Okay. What did you

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Hannah Fidell

Hannah Margalit Fidell (born October 7, 1985) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Her directorial debut was the drama film A Teacher (2013). She also wrote and directed the romantic drama film 6 Years (2015) and the comedy film The Long Dumb Road (2018). more…

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