Thursday, 13 November 2014

Ivan Tverdovsky: Corrections Class - Класс коррекции (2014)

Класс коррекции (2014)

Director: Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Writer: Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Stars: Mariya Poezzhaeva, Filipp Avdeyev, Nikita Kukushkin

Offering further evidence that — in the wake of 2012’s Anton’s Right Here and the recent Cannes Critics’ Week winner The Tribe — the former Soviet Union is a lousy place to raise children with special needs, director Ivan Tverdovsky’s drama Corrections Class focuses on a gaggle of disabled teens in a Russian high school. Ghettoized and neglected by the school and bullied by their peers, the kids turn on each other when the fragile balance of the group is thrown out of whack by the arrival of a newcomer. Progressively disturbing but not without moments of humor, joy and grace, Corrections Class won the best debut prize at Sochi’s Kinotavr festival and plays in Karlovy Vary’s East-of the-West competition.

Класс коррекции (2014)

Set in what looks like a pretty nondescript, typically cruddy-looking suburb that could be anywhere in Russia, the story revolves around a large school incorporating both elementary and secondary school-aged children, a structure that could just as easily pass for a factory or a mental asylum. On her way to her first day at school, pretty 11th-grader Lena (Maria Poezhaeva), who has myopathy which confines her mostly to a wheelchair, and her mother (Natalia Pavlenkova) have to wait to cross a railway line. Another teenager has been killed on the tracks, sounding a somewhat too obvious symbolic note of doom.

At school, Lena and her mom are told off by the officious principal (veteran Natalya Domeretskaya) for being late even though the building has no wheelchair ramps or elevators which means Lena has to make the slow, painful walk up the stairs on foot. She soon meets her peers in the corrections class, a sort of holding pen for physically and mentally challenged students, most of whom would probably be blended into the mainstream in settings with a more enlightened attitude toward disability. Shy, handsome Anton (Filipp Avdeev), for instance, has epilepsy. Another girl (Maria Uryadova) has dwarfism. Mitya (Artyom Markaryan) has a stutter, while his sister Vitya (Yulia Serina) reports she’s not actually sick at all. It’s never revealed what’s supposed to be amiss with ringleader Misha (Nikita Kukushkin), who seems perfectly able-bodied if clearly damaged psychologically, judging by later events. All the kids will soon be assessed at an upcoming, cross-body commission about whether they can be blended into the mainstream. Some, like Lena, hope this will be the case in order to improve her future job prospects, but others have given up all hope of integration.

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Anonymous said...

This movie looks amazing, I really want to see it, I've found the movie online but I haven't been able to find subtitles for it, do you know when can I find subtitles for the movie? I'm looking forward to watch this film.

blablaclo said...

Unfortunately many good russian movies don't have subtitles in english because russian don't export their films so much.
Perhaps you would find subtitles in the DVD release but not sure.
Otherwise you can watch them with subtitles in film festivals..
It's a great challenge to find english subs for russian movies.
Good luck.

Aimad Beddouza said...

I have watched it in a film festival with three sub: English, French and Arabic. But I don't think you will find one online for now, otherwise check the DVD pack release for it.

Alana M said...

Just watched this film last night. Absolutely fantastic stuff. If you're looking for a version with English subs, there's a release by the group 'Handjob' with them on.

Irina said...

subtitles could be downloaded here: