The Kindergarten Teacher

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Directed by Sara Colangelo
2017
USA
96 minutes
15+
The incomparable Maggie Gyllenhaal shines in this darkly funny drama, as a teacher who becomes worryingly obsessed with nurturing a poetically gifted child’s talent.

Gyllenhaal is Lisa Spinelli, a primary school teacher who aspires to a more engaged cultural life for herself and her family – who don’t share her enthusiasm. She finds an outlet for her artistic pursuits at an evening poetry class taught by a handsome instructor (Gael Garcia Bernal), who doesn’t care much for her poems. One day, five year-old student Jimmy (Parker Sevak) unexpectedly recites what appears to be a poem, and Lisa becomes convinced that he is a poetry prodigy. With his busy father uninterested, Lisa takes it upon herself to foster Jimmy’s talent, and soon enough the boundary is breached between care and unhealthy obsession. The Kindergarten Teacher is an unpredictable and intelligent film.

[A] brilliantly observed ethical pretzel… The Kindergarten Teacher is probably the only movie about poetry with an ending as tense as any thriller. – Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance is marvellous, sympathetic even when she is doing all the wrong things. – Monica Castillo, The New York Times

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State Theatre
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State Theatre
Fri 15 June
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The Kindergarten Teacher

Hayden Orpheum Cremorne
Sat 16 June
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Year
2017
Classification
15+
Country
USA
Language
In English
Director
Sara Colangelo
Producer
Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler
Cast
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov
Screenwriter
Sara Colangelo
Cinematographer
Pepe Avila del Pino
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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