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The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

R | | Drama | 12 October 2018 (USA)
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A kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students whom she believes is a child prodigy.

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Sara Colangelo

Writers:

Sara Colangelo, Nadav Lapid (based on the screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Lisa Spinelli
Gael García Bernal ... Simon
Ato Blankson-Wood Ato Blankson-Wood ... Justin
Libya Pugh ... Marianne
Michael Chernus ... Grant Spinelli
Carter Kojima Carter Kojima ... Derek Bishop
Jillian Panlilio Jillian Panlilio ... Jillian
Parker Sevak ... Jimmy Roy
Anna Baryshnikov ... Meghan
Noah Rhodes Noah Rhodes ... Steven
Rosa Salazar ... Becca
Daisy Tahan ... Lainie
Haley Murphy ... Brittany
Sam Jules ... Josh Spinelli
Carson Grant ... Michael
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A kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students whom she believes is a child prodigy.

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...a fine line between nurturing and obsession.

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Rated R for some language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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$681,765
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2.35 : 1
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The poems in The Kindergarten Teacher were written by Kaveh Akbar and Ocean Vuong. See more »

Quotes

Lisa Spinelli: You know, Jimmy, this world is going to erase you. There's not a place in this world for you. For people like you, couple of years, you were gonna be just a shadow, just like me.
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Remake of The Kindergarten Teacher (2014) See more »

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Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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It's supposed to be disturbing.
18 October 2018 | by thoseindifferentclocksSee all my reviews

I've never reviewed a film on IMDb but this felt necessary, because a lot of you completely miss the point. There's a difference between an honest look at mental Illness and validating the actions of a mentally ill person. This movie in no way says that what the title character is doing okay. It just had you watch the behavior and judge it as you will.

This is a sad story. As an artist, poet and highly creative person, it made me think about how difficult it is when we only value one type of intelligence or life experience. It does have psycho sexual themes but there's a difference between elevating /romanticizing a child, lack of boundaries, and being a pedophile.

It's uncomfortable, yeah. But obsession is. And obsession dissnr have to equate to sexual desire. The little boy in this story is not sexualized.


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