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Kindergarten Teacher
The Kindergarten Teacher
Release date
8th Mar 2019
Running time
1hr 37mins
Director
Sara Colangelo
Cast
Gael García Bernal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rosa Salaza

The Kindergarten Teacher

12A cinema age rating  

Lisa Spinelli is bored of her life. Her marriage has become mundane and her teenage children avoid her. But when she discovers a poetic genius in her kindergarten class, she becomes fixated on the young boy’s talent. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Parker Sevak star in this dramatic retelling of the 2014 Israeli film of the same name.

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Ambling through her mundane life as a kindergarten teacher, Lisa’s (Maggie Gyllenhaal) work and personal life are growing increasingly dull. She needs something to set her sights on, something that will motivate her.

One day, as she waits for the children in her class to get picked up after school, Lisa overhears five-year-old Jimmy (Parker Sevak) reading out an extraordinary poem he’s written. Believing she has stumbled upon a poetic prodigy, Lisa takes Jimmy’s work to her evening poetry class. As she reads his poem, she receives high praise from group leader, Simon (Gael Garcia Bernal).

Determined to nurture this young genius, Lisa makes an arrangement with Jimmy’s parents to watch over him for a few hours after school every day. But when his father, Nikhil (Ajay Naidu), asks her to drop Jimmy off at baseball practice, she takes him to a poetry recital instead, making him read his work aloud.

Furious, Nikhil takes Jimmy to a new kindergarten, far away from the fixated Lisa and her obsessive hold over his son. But now that she’s directed her attention towards Jimmy, Lisa will go to any lengths to keep his talent alive…

Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary, The Dark Knight, Crazy Heart), Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Amores Perros, Coco), and the young up and coming Parker Sevak star in The Kindergarten Teacher, a dramatic retelling of the 2014 Israeli film of the same name.

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