The Kindergarten Teacher
The Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten Teacher 12A


Please note: This was screened in March 2019

Sara Colangelo
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood
97 mins, 2018, USA
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Maggie Gyllenhaal gives the performance of her career as Lisa, a bored kindergarten teacher who becomes fascinated by a five-year-old's budding poetic genius, but her determination to nurture it sets her on a dangerous - and desperate - path.

Lisa is fed up with her career, her oblivious husband, and teenage kids. When she discovers a young child in her class may be a poetic prodigy (not to mention a ticket out of her mundane life), she is convinced his is a once-in-a-generation talent, and becomes obsessed to do whatever it takes to help it grow - even if it destroys her life...

Unnerving, beautiful, poetic and disturbing all at once, this is a daring look at how we value art in society.

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