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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

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Sara Colangelo, Nadav Lapid (based on the screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Lisa Spinelli
Gael García Bernal ... Simon
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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English

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12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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The poems in The Kindergarten Teacher were written by Kaveh Akbar and Ocean Vuong. See more »

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Lisa Spinelli: Talent is so fragile and so rare. And our culture does everything to crush it. I mean even at four or five, they're coming into school attached to their phones, talking only about TV shows and video games. It's a materialistic culture, and it doesn't support art, or language, or observation. Even my own children, who are great, they don't read. You know, you think maybe it's just a phase. But I worry that it's something larger. A lack of curiosity. A lack of reflection. No one has space for ...
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Nurturing a Kindergarten Wunderkind
16 October 2018 | by tigerfish50See all my reviews

Due to the excellence of its acting, direction and screenplay, 'The Kindergarten Teacher' is frequently uncomfortable to watch. It tells the story of Lisa, who has become constrained by the routine of her job, frustrated with her grouchy teenage kids and bored by an overweight husband. In response, she has enrolled in an adult education poetry writing program to broaden her experience of life. Unfortunately Lisa has little talent herself - and when she overhears one of her young pupils Jimmy composing a short poem, she presents it to her class teacher as her own work. When he expresses admiration for its strong imagery, she decides it's her duty to foster Jimmy's gift, which leads her into dangerous territory after she runs into parental opposition.

It's easy to see the film as a metaphor how yearning for truth and beauty can turn an ordinary person into an outcast, as Lisa's encouragement of Jimmy swiftly bypasses appropriate behavior and becomes obsessive. One of the film's crucial exchanges occurs when Lisa's poetry teacher reprimands her for being a dillettante, failing to see how she's willing to sacrifice everything for the art she loves, while he uses poetry as a means to seduce his students. At its conclusion, poetry has certainly broadened Lisa's experience of life, but not in a way she might have wished or anticipated.


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