Every time you see the ad for ‘After. In a thousand pieces’ during the month of August I could not help thinking that it seemed to be something like the « poor » version of the voluminous’ Normal People ‘. And it is that almost always we relate all kinds of movies and series based on their appearance; sometimes with more than reasonable similarities, other times not so common.
It is obvious that ‘One for all’ at first glance resembles other films about teachers who teach their students, or about students who teach their teachers. It’s more than reasonable, it’s his thing, that’s what it’s all about and the promotional phrase that adorns his poster doesn’t leave much room for speculation: « A teacher can change your life. A student too. »
Now, the important thing first of all is that unlike for example ‘After. In a thousand pieces’, it is far from being a « poor » version of a model that replicates with enough right hand to present itself, although not as something new, fresh or relevant, but as something that fits as well as well it comes out. No, it won’t change your life. But it won’t waste your time either.
In its favor its simplicity and lightness. Also his closeness, as well as a character like David Verdaguer who, far from behaving like a Mr. Keating, becomes what for practical purposes would be a simple ordinary mortal. In someone who teaches a group of students, and like so many others parade through our lives, whether or not their memory persists over time.
It is the true value of ‘One for all’: We have all gone through teaching without realizing, in most cases, to what extent some teachers have been able to contribute to shaping who we are or cease to be today. Also, that you can deal with complex, serious, serious or tricky topics without having to make a drama of it all.
A good listener, few words are enough. It is assumed.
It is true that any of the debates that they propose can be diluted in their not so obvious simplicity, or that their lightness can also be superficial or somewhat decaffeinated, not without reason. Because no, it will change our lives. Neither did that teacher whom we have forgotten but whose passing memory causes us a slight smile. Because something remains.
By Juan Pairet Iglesias