The Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten Teacher
  • 2018
  • USA
  • 1h 36min
  • Directed by: Sara Colangelo
  • Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood

Lisa (Gyllenhaal) is a downtrodden kindergarten teacher who passes off the poems of one of her students as her own. This remake of a 2014 Israeli film stays grounded but it doesn’t have a satisfying enough payoff to its well-developed and intriguing situation.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal on The Kindergarten Teacher: 'There was space on the set to explore something unusual'

5 Mar 2019

Actress and writer-director Sara Colangelo discuss the disturbing and intriguing drama

American remakes of overseas films are too often guilty of being crass or reductive. Sara Colangelo's The Kindergarten Teacher, though, might be the exception. Based on Israeli director Nadiv Lapid's acclaimed 2014 film Haganenet, it stars Maggie…

The Kindergarten Teacher

4 Mar 20193 stars

Maggie Gyllenhaal is superb in this intriguing drama from Sara Colangelo

Writer-director Sara Colangelo (Little Accidents) elicits a disturbing performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal in this New York-set remake of the 2014 Israeli film by Nadav Lapid. While not widely seen, Lapid's film had a penetrating conceit: at what point…

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