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Ilya Semenovich Melnikov is a history teacher in an ordinary Soviet high school. He is a very good teacher and his students and colleagues treat him with a great deal of respect. However, Melnikov faces a lot of difficulties in his work. In particular, everybody at school is spreading rumors about Natalya Sergeyevna, an Enlish language teacher and a former student of Melnikov, being in love with him. Exhausted by his mental suffering, Melnikov asks the principal to allow him to quit his job. At the end of the week that is to become the last week of Melnikov's teaching career the students of his class write an in-class essay on how they understand happiness. Svetlana Mikhailovna, their Russian teacher, is shocked by what one of the students wrote in her essay, nevertheless, she allows her to read it in front of the class. The other students express support of their classmate. Melnikov gets involved in the conflict, after which he reconsiders his decision to quit...Written by
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This movie from the Brezhnev era is worth watching
In many films where teachers play an important role (("Dead poets society", 1989, Peter Weir), ("October Sky", 1999, Joe Johnston) they are self assured role models for their pupils. In "We'll live till monday" the teachers have problems and doubts of thier own. In this respect the film is more like "Twenty four eyes" (1954, Keisuke Kinoshita).
The year 1968 was a year of protest. Civil rights protests in the USA, Studentprotests in France and last but not least the Prague Spring protest in Czechoslovakia. The pupils in "We'll live till monday" also show signs of rebellion, but according to Western standards it is a very sheepish form of rebellion. However their indifference about the lessons of their history teacher of the 1917 october revolution may well have been very sensitive in the Brezhnev era.
One of the teachers is living with his mother and still single. The interference of his mother with his private live, and her attempts to raise his interests for women reminded me of many Ozu films (although in these films the single one is mostly a daughter).
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