Frankfurt am Main | 13 – 20 October 2024

The Lesson

Feature Film Germany 2023
By Alice Troughton
Sat, 14 October 2023, 8:00 PM
Liam, an aspiring young author, hungry for success and recognition, takes a tutoring position at the family estate of his idol, renowned author J.M. Sinclair. But Liam soon realizes that he is ensnared in a complicated web of family secrets, resentment, and retribution. Sinclair, his wife Hélène, and their son Bertie all guard a dark past, one that threatens their future as well as Liam’s own. As the lines between master and protégé blur, class, ambition, and betrayal become a dangerous combination. Academy Award nominee Richard E. Grant ("Can You Ever Forgive Me?"), Academy Award nominee Julie Delpy ("Before Midnight"), and BAFTA nominee Daryl McCormack ("Good Luck to You, Leo Grande") star in a story inspired by the experiences of debut feature screenwriter Alex MacKeith. Directed by Alice Troughton ("Cucumber", "Baghdad Central"), "The Lesson" is a taut noir thriller that modernizes and subverts the genre.


Film Info


The Lesson
Original title
The Lesson
Feature Film
Release Date
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
Spoken language
  • English
  • German
103 Minutes
Color Format
  • Colour


  • Alex MacKeith
  • Producers
  • Judy Tossell
  • Camille Gatin
  • Cassandra Sigsgaard
  • Fabian Westerhoff
  • Crew
  • Anna Patarakina (Cinematographer)
  • Paulo Pandolpho (Editor)
  • Isobel Waller-Bridge (Music)
  • (Sound)
  • Cast

  • (Supporting Actor - Crispin Letts)
  • (Supporting Actor - Tomas Spencer)
  • Julie Delpy (Leading Actress - Hélène)
  • Richard E. Grant (Leading Actor - Mr. Sinclair)
  • Daryl McCormack (Leading Actor - Liam)
  • Stephen McMillan (Leading Actor - Bertie)
  • Director

    • Alice Troughton

      Alice Troughton is an internationally-acclaimed director working between the UK and the US. Having lead directed and exec-produced Baghdad Central (2020) and The Midwich Cuckoos, she is also known for her work on the award-winning shows The Living and The Dead, Cucumber and Dr Who.

      The Lesson, her feature film debut is currently released in cinemas in the UK, with the Hollywood Reporter calling it “an exquisite sun-drenched Noir”

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