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Israeli director Nadav Lapid takes an unusual premise and then rolls with it in "The Kindergarten Teacher," a second, more feminine film after the successful macho posturing of his striking debut, "Policeman." Indeed, the titular protagonist is a teacher here and as such something of a substitute mother for all her charges, though Nira (Sarit Larry) starts to take a special interest in the diffident and shy-seeming little Yoav (Avi Schnaidman) when she hears him recite a poem while determinedly walking back and forth in the yard of the child care facility where she works. Yoav's nanny, the aspiring actress Miri (played by singer-turned-actress Ester Rada), explains that the poem the five-year-old recites is actually his own and that she has the casual habit of using them during her own auditions, complete with fancy scarf play that plays up the drama of the poetry. It just so happens that Nira »


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