Written and directed by critically acclaimed New York-based filmmaker Sara Colangelo, The Kindergarten Teacher will debut on Netflix on October 12. The film, which is based on the 2014 Israeli picture of the same name, has already done work on the festival circuit, winning the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and was featured in the Gala Presentation at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. You can watch The Kindergarten Teacher trailer right here:
Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a kindergarten teacher in Staten Island who yearns to live a life of art and intellectualism. She takes an evening poetry class but, despite her best efforts, her work is mediocre. When she overhears Jimmy (Parker Sevak), one of her five-year-old students, reciting an original poem in her classroom, she is floored. Convinced he is the equivalent of a young Mozart, she becomes obsessed with the child and embarks on a dangerous journey to nurture his talent. As Lisa continues down this increasingly desperate path, she seems ready to throw away everything to chase an impossible dream.
A tense psychological thriller, THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov, Rosa Salazar with Michael Chernus and Gael Garcia Bernal. Sara Colangelo wrote and directed. Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler produced. The Kindergarten teacher will launch in the US and Canada on Netflix on October 12 and have a limited theatrical release.
Let us know your thoughts on The Kindergarten Teacher trailer below. Initial reception seems to be positive, with festival reporting praising the film overall and Gyllenhaal’s performance in particular. In the meantime, you can check out the poster below:
As always, we’ll have coverage of The Kindergarten Teacher here on the site as soon as it debuts on October 12. If you need a definitive verdict, this is where you’ll find it.
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