Maggie Gyllenhaal in First Trailer for Indie 'The Kindergarten Teacher'

August 9, 2018
Source: YouTube

The Kindergarten Teacher

"If you stay curious, then you can see the world however you want." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for an indie drama titled The Kindergarten Teacher, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance, and will play at the Toronto Film Festival next month. Described as a "tense psychological thriller", this film is actually a remake of an Israeli film also titled The Kindergarten Teacher. The story follows a teacher who gets obsessed with figuring out how to support and accentuate a gifted young boy who recites poems out of nowhere. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars, with Parker Sevak as the boy, plus Anna Baryshnikov, Rosa Salazar, Michael Chernus, and Gael Garcia Bernal. This is a very compelling, thought-provoking film with some strong performances, and it played to great reviews at Sundance. I really hope it finds an audience and begins many discussions.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Sara Colangelo's The Kindergarten Teacher, from YouTube:

The Kindergarten Teacher Poster

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. The Kindergarten Teacher is both written and directed by filmmaker Sara Colangelo, director of the film Little Accidents previously. It's a remake of Nadav Lapid's film of the same name from 2014. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and will also play at TIFF next. Netflix will release The Kindergarten Teacher in select US theaters + streaming starting on October 12th this fall. Intrigued?

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Well THAT was unexpected.... Looks like a solid performance but slightly disturbing subject matter.

THE_RAW_ on Aug 9, 2018


She's still good, isn't she?

shiboleth on Aug 9, 2018


Damn straight she is.

97point6 on Aug 9, 2018


Couldn't say it better... Cheers ...

shiboleth on Aug 10, 2018


She is indeed. Hey, shiboleth...had to change my handle from Bo to Tombo for no good reasons except needed to at another site for reasons I still don't Bo as you've known him/me is now Tombo. How about that?..Just a little fyi for ya so you know who I am...jeez...I don't get all this computer stuff....

Tombo on Aug 9, 2018


Bad manners, huh?

shiboleth on Aug 10, 2018


Oh sorry Bo, I read something wrong here. My mistake. Obviously,a huge one. I have fallen for something and didn't think it through. Somebody is having very bad manners. Please, accept my apologies. One more time, I'm sorry for this ... Obviously, I also erased it...

shiboleth on Aug 10, 2018


Yeah, we're cool, of course. It was a bit unusual, this whole thing. So, definitely later. Stay good Bo and enjoy your time ...

shiboleth on Aug 11, 2018


I remember the first time seeing Maggie in a magazine with her brother. I honestly thought she was very unattractive. (This was a long time ago.) Then, I saw her in a movie, forgot which one, and here was this luminous person and gifted actress! To paraphrase Ani Difranco...she's got a kind of beauty that moves...

kitano0 on Aug 10, 2018


I don't even remember when I saw her first, but there were many films with her that I saw with her. Some less known and some even blockbusters. Yes, The Secretary with James Spader was just great. But not only that one. Yes, good description, 'beauty that moves'... Cheers ...

shiboleth on Aug 10, 2018


Intriguing and original. Hope it hits actual theaters.

Whichhalfofthewit on Aug 9, 2018


This is a story I've yet to see. The premise, sure, but the specifics are so original to me. Im a big Gyllenhaal fan, pretty sure I misspelled the name, but a big believer in her talent. Sure, Secretary. But she's done big and small things that have so much more substance... more reality... I'll be in the theatre for this.

italianoscalliano on Aug 10, 2018


There was an very known philosopher, Baruch de Spinoza who has written his books in Latin and one of his ideas was : negatio est determinatio. It was in 17th century I think and he is considered to be one of the most positive people among the philosophers. Anyway, such thoughts, as stated above, don't work nowadays anymore, we are all a part and a parcel of the computer algorithms and they don't care how distinctive we are

VincentC on Aug 10, 2018

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