A seemingly passionate and kind teacher uses her pupils to manipulate their parents for her own personal benefit, whether for material gain or even the promise of a romantic affair.
Concerned about the school performance of their beloved children, most parents succumb to the pressure and provide the teacher with various services and gifts. Three families, however, decide to take a stand and try to remedy the situation together with the school head teacher at a clandestine parent meeting. Inspired by true events, this suspenseful and highly topical film about the strength of human character, although set in the early 1980s, tells a universal story that could happen anytime and anywhere… at least as long as corruption, pettiness, and selfishness still rule the world.
The established partnership of screenwriter Petr Jarchovský and director Jan Hřebejk has joined forces for the first time with up-and-coming production company Offside Men (Ondřej Zima and Jan Prušinovský), producers of the TV show Čtvrtá hvězda and the movie Kobry a užovky / The Snake Brothers. Though the film was originally conceived as a purely Czech project, it was eventually created as part of a Slovak-Czech coproduction with PubRes (Zuzana Mistríková and Ľubica Orechovská) as its main producer. This allowed the creators to cast many lesser known but excellent actors (Zuzana Mauréry, Csongor Kassai, Peter Bebjak, Martin Havelka, Ondřej Malý, and others) and to shoot the film in the Slovak capital Bratislava.