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Ilker Çatak

The Teachers' Lounge


When one of her students is suspected of theft, teacher Carla Nowak decides to get to the bottom of the matter. Caught between her ideals and the school system, the consequences of her actions threaten to break her.

  • Director: Ilker Çatak
  • Main Cast: Leonie Benesch
  • Soundtrack: Marvin Miller
  • Cinematography: Judith Kaufmann
  • Screenplay: Ilker Çatak, Johannes Duncker

Original title in Germany is Das Lehrerzimmer.

  • Cinema Premiere: August 31, 2023

What do the critics think?


10 reviews of The Teachers' Lounge (2023)

  • 1. Svenska Dagbladet
    8.3 / 10

    There are no need for hallucinatory dream sequences here. The strict management of genuine complexity is more than sufficient. - Jan Söderqvist

    Swedish: A taut thriller about a school that transforms

  • 2. Aftonbladet
    8 / 10

    The power struggles in and outside the classroom become, not least for the students, a kind of useful lesson that this is perhaps what adult life will look like. - Jan-Olov Andersson

    Swedish: Constantly engaging about power struggles in and outside the classroom

  • 3. Dagens Nyheter
    8 / 10

    At the same time, which makes "The Teachers' Lounge" a real slap in the face, it manages to condense a number of tricky issues regarding democracy, freedom of speech, and structural racism that turn the school environment in the film into a microcosm of any given Western European society. Not exactly a feel-good movie, but when the uprising finally comes, it's a real kick. - Helena Lindblad

    Swedish: German "The Teachers' Lounge" sticks in the pointer finger and twists it

  • 4. Göteborgs-Posten
    8 / 10

    "The Teachers' Lounge" is a brilliant, thriller-like school drama that shakes up the most virtuous ideals of our time.

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  • 5. Sveriges Radio
    8 / 10

    In the film we meet the young, principled teacher Carla who finds herself at the center when she believes she has revealed who is stealing at the school - Björn Jansson

    Swedish: The school becomes a crime scene in the Oscar entry "The Teacher's Lounge"

  • 6. Sydsvenskan
    8 / 10

    Strong and insanely entertaining - Oscar Westerholm

    Swedish: "The Teacher's Lounge": Strong and insanely entertaining

  • 7.
    8 / 10

    The Teacher's Lounge holds up all the way through and has now received a very well-deserved Oscar nomination in the category of best foreign film.

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  • 8. Cinetaste
    8 / 10

    I believe this could be a hit with the right audience in Sweden. - Linus Andersen

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  • 9. Kulturbloggen
    8 / 10

    One of the film's strengths is that it doesn't provide clear, unambiguous answers, neither about who the thieves are nor what is ethically correct. Everyone is left to think and feel for themselves. - Rosemari Södergren

    Swedish: Film Review: The Teachers' Lounge - A Thriller About Ethics and Law and Order

  • 10. Västerbottenskuriren
    8 / 10

    When everything turns against the kind teacher

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World-Wide Box Office Revenue

Box Office

The Teachers' Lounge has earned a total of 3 603 117 dollars from cinemas across the world (the global box office).