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The Kindergarten Teacher (15)
March 7th 8:00 pm
BORDERLINES FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW
Director: Sara Colangelo
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Gael García Bernal
Caring, patient Staten Island kindergarten teacher Lisa Spinelli spends her days teaching a class of precocious youngsters and her evenings attending a poetry course in Manhattan. Her marriage lacks chemistry and her own children are disengaged. When she inadvertently discovers her five-year-old student, Jimmy, is a gifted prodigy, she is determined to nurture his talent before his dismissive family destroys it – but this sets her on a dangerous path.
Adapted from the 2014 Israeli film of the same name, but switching from a masculine to a feminine point-of-view, this daring and tense thriller benefits immensely from Gyllenhaal’s intelligent acting, offering a nuanced insight into the psyche of a disillusioned woman.
Preview courtesy of Thunderbird Releasing
Running time: 1hr 37mins