Rating: M
Length: 97 mins
Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal
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Stuck in an unsatisfying marriage and with teenage children who ignore her, 40-year-old Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) treads water by teaching kindergarten with quiet dispassion.

One day everything changes when Lisa discovers that Jimmy, a five-year-old boy in her class, may be a gifted poet and sees him as a ticket out of her mundane life. When Lisa presents some of Jimmy’s work at her poetry class as her own work, and receives praise from her teacher (Gael García Bernal), her desire to mentor the child genius grows.

As fascination turns into obsession, Lisa spirals downward on a dangerous and desperate path to channel her unfulfilled creative dreams into the protégée.

“Gyllenhaal offers a beautifully nuanced performance full of intelligence and desperation. She taps into something deep about the unmet emotional needs of a woman whose life is spent putting forth energy toward others” – The Wrap

“It’s the best performance from Gyllenhaal since her breakthrough performance in Steven Shainberg’s 2002 cult classic Secretary” – Guardian

“Because of its ambivalence, this isn’t an easy film to embrace – but its themes resonate long after the movie is over” – David Stratton

“Elevated by a bravura performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher is one American remake that retains its impact the second time around” – Rotten Tomatoes

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