Ted Swenson (Stanley Tucci) is a once-acclaimed author who teaches writing at a small liberal-arts college. Though his marriage to Sherrie (Kyra Sedgwick) is comfortable, he finds himself drowning in discontent—with stuffy departmental dinners at which he drinks too much, with smug colleagues whom he dislikes yet fears he resembles and with an endless stream of students who are as untalented as they are unteachable. But when a new pupil, Angela Argo (Addison Timlin), shows promise, Ted focuses on nurturing her career, and she appears more than willing to devote the one-on-one time required. He basks in her youth, talent and admiration, just as she benefits from his wisdom, experience and professional connections. It's only a matter of time before boundaries get crossed. Adapted by director Richard Levine from Francine Prose’s acclaimed novel Blue Angel —which is in turn a sly update on its cinematic namesake, Josef Von Sternberg’s 1930 classic starring Marlene Dietrich—Submission is a biting morality play about lust, ambition and life in a world where scandal is as likely to make a reputation as destroy it.
Producer: Wren Arthur, Jared Goldman | Editor: Jennifer Lee | Cinematographer: Hillary Spera | Screenwriter: Richard Levine
Cast: Stanley Tucci, Addison Timlin, Kyra Sedgwick, Janeane Garofalo, Colby Minifie, Ritchie Coster