Stories about teachers having illicit affairs with their students are nothing new. There have been countless variations on this theme over the decades and even centuries, with the older teacher (usually a man) feeling that such an affair will quench the ennui building inside him. Following this pattern is this week’s limited release Submission, starring Stanley Tucci, Addison Timlin and Kyra Sedgwick.
Tucci plays Ted Swenson, a college professor who teaches literature, writing or something along those lines. A well-known writer himself, he struggles with balancing his own aspirations with the requirements of teaching. He becomes enamored with the talents of Angela (Timlin), one of his students who is stoking the embers of his desire for her own reasons. As the two become more and more entwined the stakes become higher as the fallout affects not only Ted’s career but his marriage to Sherrie (Sedgwick).