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The Kindergarten Teacher (2014)

Haganenet (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 10 September 2014 (France)
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A kindergarten teacher discovers in a five year-old child a prodigious gift for poetry. Amazed and inspired by this young boy, she decides to protect his talent in spite of everyone.

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Nadav Lapid

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Nadav Lapid
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sarit Larry ... Nira / Kindergarten teacher
Avi Shnaidman Avi Shnaidman ... Yoav / Kid Poet
Lior Raz ... Nira's husband
Gilles Ben-David Gilles Ben-David ... Poetry Teacher (as Gilad ben David)
Ester Rada ... Miri / Yoav's nanny
Guy Oren Guy Oren ... Asi / Kindergarten student
Yehezkel Lazarov ... Amnon / Yoav's father
Dan Toren ... Aharon / Yoav's uncle
Avishag Kahalani Avishag Kahalani ... Einav / Nira's assistant
Hamuchtar Hamuchtar ... Oded
Yiftach Kaminer ... Spanish poetry enthusiast
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The teacher Nira (Sarit Larry) is a woman with a warm professional manner and pleasant, ordinary middle-class life. She has a son in the army, a daughter in high school and a devoted husband (Lior Raz) with a decent government job. As a hobby - or perhaps as a vehicle for unexpressed ambitions and frustrated desires - she attends a poetry workshop with other amateur versifiers. Then one day she witnesses a startling act of creation. One of her pupils, a cherubic, sleepy-eyed boy named Yoav (Avi Shnaidman), is being picked up at the end of the school day. "I have a poem," he announces and recites a brief, elliptical love lyric, pacing back and forth as his nanny writes his words in a notebook. Nira is startled and intrigued, and the evolution of her interest in Yoav drives the film's suspenseful, unnerving, bizarre and strangely believable plot. At first, like any conscientious teacher, she is solicitous and encouraging. It's always good to recognize and celebrate what is special in a ... Written by lament

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Country:

Israel | France

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

10 September 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

L'institutrice See more »

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Gross USA:

$36,190

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$284,065
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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"Do not disturb, poet at work"
27 March 2016 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"The Kindergarten Teacher (2014 release from Israel; 120 min.) brings the story of Nira, a kindergarten teacher, and Yoav, a 5 yr. old boy in her class. As the movie opens, we see Nira talking to her husband about the remarkable gift the boy has, spewing poetry at any given time. The boy's nanny confides that she is using the boy's poets at her auditions. Meanwhile, Nira and the boy grow ever closer. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the second movie from up-and-coming writer-director Nadav Lepid, who previously brought us "Policeman". In the DVD extras, he discloses in an interview that the story is mostly auto-biographical, to my surprise. Turns out that Lepid as a young boy went around proclaiming poetry out of nowhere. As to the relationship between Nira and the boy, once it becomes clear how protective she feels about the boy, the only question that remains is how far she will take it... The two main characters are portrayed beautifully by Sarit Larry as Nira, and even more impressive is Avi Schnaidman as the young boy. In the director's interview in the DVD bonus materials, he explains how they went about casting for the role of the young boy.

I don't think this movie ever saw a US theatrical release 9and if it did, it never came to Cincinnati), which is a darn shame. I picked this up while browsing the foreign movie section at my local library. I continue to be impressed with the quality of movies coming out of Israel. For such a small country, they sure do have some great movies. If you are in the mood for a high-quality "all talk, no action" movie, you cannot go wrong with "The Kindergarten Teacher".


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