The Kindergarten Teacher


Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood, Libya Pugh, Michael Chernus, Carter Kojima

Director: Sara Colangelo

Running Time: 97 minutes

Certificate: 12A - moderate sex, drug misuse, infrequent strong language, unsettling scenes

Country: USA

Format: 2D

"A really impressive piece of work" Mark Kermode, R5 Live "Brilliantly observed ethical pretzel about a poetically gifted kid. The Kindergarten Teacher is probably the only movie about poetry with an ending as tense as any thriller."
-Jordan Hoffman,

Guardian "The whole film hinges on the performance of Maggie Gyllenhaal, who excels at selling both the protagonist’s emotional choices but also how she’s losing perspective on her life."
Lewis Knight, Daily Mirror

"A showcase for Gyllenhaal’s brilliance."
-Ian Freer,

Empire "As an essay on what inspiration really means, and the delusions of patronage that could take a person prisoner, it excitingly commits to no foregone conclusions."
★★★★ -Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

"Maggie Gyllenhaal is just gripping in this."
-Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

Writer-director Sarah Colangelo’s sophomore feature film is based on the 2014 Israeli film of the same name. Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a forty-year old married kindergarten teacher living in Staten Island who is terminally bored with her banal middle-class existence. When she becomes convinced that her five-year-old student is a budding poetic genius, she decides to nurture his talents in a reckless and questionable manner.


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