VIFF 2014: Class Enemy will provoke

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      Class Enemy (Slovenia)  

      When a new German-language teacher (the excellent Igor Samobor) arrives near the end of term for close-knit high-school seniors, they’re offended by his hard-ass, literally old-school ways. When one of the students commits suicide, they hold him responsible, setting off events that call into question modes of social behaviour, changing values in education, and even Eastern Europe’s fraught relationship with German culture. The film can’t quite decide what it wants to say about its central character, overuses close-ups with the hand-held camera, and depends too much on one Mozart piano piece to provide depth of feeling, but it’s a valuable thought provoker.

      International Village, September 26 (12:45 p.m.) and October 3 (1 p.m.); Cinematheque, October 5 (7:15 p.m.)