When the Professor with the Student: Director Richard Levine lets in his drama SUBMISSION Stanley Tucci enters into an affair with a young woman who writes. A well-worn motif that regains its poetry in the director’s hands – in the truest sense of the word. We reveal more about this in our review.
The liaison ends badly for Angela (Addison Timlin). Or was everything planned that way?
The plot summary
Ted Swenson (Stanley Tucci) is a distinguished literature professor and novelist. He is currently in the middle of working on his next book when his student Angela (Addison Timlin) lets him share in her outpourings. She regularly presents him with the latest chapters of her book “Eggs,” in which she describes the love affair between a young woman and an older man. Be it because Ted recognizes himself in Angela’s work or because he is so impressed by the woman’s writing style: little by little the relationship between the two becomes closer until they even end up in bed together. But Angela seems to be particularly interested in Ted’s contacts as a writer…
Submission Movie Meaning & ending
Relationships between older men and young women have often existed in the cinema. Often located at educational institutions, because the dependency factor often creates the attraction from the amorous entanglements. The love between Ted and Angela – the two main characters in Richard Levine’s “Submission” – would only be half as worth telling without this detail, after all, the literature professor and celebrated best-selling author would then be just another guy who goes behind his wife’s back (“Brooklyn Nine Nine” face Kyra Sedgwick) enters into a liaison with a younger woman. This sort of thing happens in the best families. But now Angela is a student and her “new guy” is her teacher; In addition, the intention behind her advances right from the start was to finally be able to show her book “Eggs” to a publisher. In the end, the main question that arises here is: Who is actually in control of whom? No question: This premise is exhausted, but the film is still worth seeing because of the really beautifully ambivalent chemistry between the main actors and a pleasant pinch of poetry.
There is a crisis between Ted (Stanley Tucci) and his wife (Kyra Sedwick)…
Of course, as a sober observer you can form an answer to the question about dependency relatively quickly and will then probably come to the conclusion that both parties are not exactly covering themselves in glory here. But director and screenwriter Richard Levine (“Masters of Sex”) , who wrote the script based on the novel of the same name by Francine Prose (her book “Household Saints” was filmed under the German title “A completely normal miracle”), it works not an accusation, but a nuanced observation of two people in exceptional situations. On the one hand, there is the experienced professor who has heard and seen everything in his life, is annoyed by his students’ lethargy and suddenly discovers something unique in his talented student’s designs. Although “Submission” leaves it largely open as to whether Angela is really talented (the students unanimously call “Eggs” trash – whether out of jealousy or from a critic’s point of view remains to be seen), or whether she just hits Ted’s nerve. On the other side there is Angela. This reserved young woman hesitates for a long time to show her teacher her designs, but gradually becomes more self-confident and eventually even seduces Ted. But Levine leaves clever narrative scope to determine whether “Submission” is simply about a failed love affair or is an example of mutual manipulation.
In one scene, Angela confronts Ted about letting him sleep with her, to which he replies that both sides wanted it. Who is speaking the truth here is ultimately a matter of interpretation. Because like everything in “Submission,” the interaction between the two main characters works through the smallest of impulses. A word here, a smile there – the relationship between Ted and Angela is difficult to decipher, but is carried out excellently by the two actors. Stanley Tucci (“Child Welfare”) plays the writer, who is both fascinated and overwhelmed by the situation, with dignity and strength. Even when not everything about “Submission” resolves itself happily afterwards, he manages to maintain his dignity, while Addison Timlin’s (“Fallen – Engelsnacht”) performance works through much larger gestures, but she also manages to convey the motives of her To make the character tangible without a big background story. If one could accuse “Submission” of something, it would be that one would like to know a little more about the two protagonists. Above all, it is their shared passion for literature that holds them together.
Conclusion: Richard Levine doesn’t tell the story of the scandalous love affair in a completely new way, but he uses references to literature to add selective accents that are just as pleasing as the strong performances of the two main actors.
“Submission” can be seen in selected USA cinemas from September 19th.