The behavior behind female teachers sleeping with their male students is perversely fascinating. As a society, it creates a gender divide where some people feel openly comfortable being impressed with an abuse of power. But no one wants to acknowledge the emotions that would arise from the actual affair. We’re always looking at it from after the news breaks. Hannah Fidell‘s A Teacher takes us to the other side where we look at the intimacy between the teacher and her student. Never judgmental and oddly compassionate, Fidell never sensationalizes the relationship, but she also seems at a loss on how to develop the film’s conflict. Eventually, the direction feels like it’s overcompensating for a redundant narrative where we may be seeing the untold story, but there’s no compelling drama in the telling.