The Kindergarten Teacher

Tuesday 11 February 2020 8pm

Dir: Sara Colangelo USA 2018

Language: English

Running time: 99 minutes Cert: TBC

Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood, Parker Sevak

Supported By: The Athlone Advertiser

Maggie Gyllenhaal, gives a stand out performance as Lisa Spinelli a Kindergarten Teacher who inadvertently discovers her five-year-old student, Jimmy (Parker Sevak) is a gifted prodigy. Unfortunately for both, Lisa's good intentions to nurture Jimmy's undoubted gifts slowly turn to inappropriate protectiveness and erratic decision-making.

Gyllenhaal portrayal of the seemingly patient and caring Lisa, is a remarkable portrait of the psyche of a disillusioned woman.

An aspiring but frustrated poet, Lisa yearns to be more than what she has becomes. Lisa confuses Jimmy's gift as the means to refashion her frustrated life.

Nuanced and subtly unnerving, Sara Colangelo adaption of Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid's 2014 film of the same name, deservingly won the Directing Award at Sundance 2018.

Festival showings:
London Film Festival 2018,
Sundance Film Festival 2018,
Toronto International Film Festival 2018

Awards
Winner director Award Sundance Film Festival 2018.

Nominee, People's Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2018

"…a brillianly observed ethical pretzel about a poertically gifted kid" - The Guardian

"Fluidly capturing the trajectory of a ruinous obsession, the writer and director, Sara Colangelo, skillfully fudges the line between mentoring and manipulation." - Jeannette Catsoulism, The NYTimes