Netflix | Release Date: October 12, 2018
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JLuis_001Oct 15, 2018
I's not superior to the original film but they are definitely on par. And that is something that very rarely and hardly can be said of an American remake of a foreign film.

Maggie Gyllenhaal offers the best performance of her career in many
I's not superior to the original film but they are definitely on par. And that is something that very rarely and hardly can be said of an American remake of a foreign film.

Maggie Gyllenhaal offers the best performance of her career in many years and her work is a great reason to see this film. Whether you saw the original or not. It's worth it.
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movieducationOct 24, 2018
Sometimes, a couple of words is worth a thousand pictures too and that is Maggie Gyllenhaal's complexity in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER. It could be easily beyond the grasp and she holds it into something else : sensitive, desperate, somehowSometimes, a couple of words is worth a thousand pictures too and that is Maggie Gyllenhaal's complexity in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER. It could be easily beyond the grasp and she holds it into something else : sensitive, desperate, somehow dangerous but understandable. Expand
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amheretojudgeOct 16, 2018
resisting it and not fighting it..

The Kindergarten Teacher Colangelo has a very tricky and hard (hard isn't something we usually get) tale to tell. The focused subject isn't aware of the potential and the one (the kindergarten teacher)
resisting it and not fighting it..

The Kindergarten Teacher

Colangelo has a very tricky and hard (hard isn't something we usually get) tale to tell. The focused subject isn't aware of the potential and the one (the kindergarten teacher) setting up the stage does. The rawness that subject has, has to be kept alive and yet should be explained the "yes" and "no"s of the world. Now, the teacher has to walk a thin line on elaborating and sculpting this entire phenomenon to the subject, which she does in a very subtle way. And Colangelo has a much more thinner line where she has to explain this entire communication in the most simplistic way. And on that note, it is a triumph on a cinematic level. But what drags down this magical act, is the cultural semantics that it feels somehow obliged to follow. If we sweep of that semantics, there lies a sensational and moving poem ready to change our views. Amidst all those poems recited by the student, wait for Gyllenhaal's rhymes; you are mesmerized and in awe of the specificity of it. It undoubtedly is utterly metaphorical to the core. The side characters are mere pawn and the primary ones are bots that we revolve around. Colangelo has got one more thing aptly on mark. Her characters are three dimensional. They are more humane, they are flawed, they are ethically wrong and they are brooding mistakes and reminiscing about the already made ones. The narration is layered and adaptive, but it isn't gripping since it finds itself busy on building up for the upcoming sequences to a point where you may think that she forget that it is being watched. Nevertheless, the pragmatic conversation, higher concept that it fiddles with, riveting poems and Colangelo's passion keeps you tangled in this innocent bubble. The supporting cast has done a decent work, although nothing outstanding. Gyllenhaal's stellar performance is what purely the feature relies upon on terms of execution. She fuels this entire act by resisting it and not fighting it. She understands the repercussion, she understands the obviousness, and writes an honest poem on screen to be read. The way she looks at his student can be iterated as a gist of the tale. That overwhelming dose that she is going through is what's foliated by Colangelo through her direction, which she does succeed on. The process is rudimentary, the structure is familiar and the lucid interpretation of the intentions in its initial stage, shucks away the concept's integrity; it may feel like such a brilliant idea is taken for granted in here. The range of the script is surprisingly wider, it soothes and heals you with its poem and fabrication of it but it also keeps you on the edge of the seat where you are immensely worried about the characters; we are practically scared. The Kindergarten Teacher is a lesson to be learnt by the viewers and by the makers, this edgy tale should not be pushed, not the characters, not the semantics.
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LegendaryLassJan 5, 2019
As with all truly worthwhile films, it keeps you guessing and shocks you with its twists. Gyllenhall is an astonishing portrait of desperation.
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JohnrieberNov 25, 2018
This is a very thought-provoking film. Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a powerful performance, as a woman who is seeking some meaning in her life, and she thinks she finds it in a gifted young Kindergarten student. The young boy who plays this partThis is a very thought-provoking film. Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a powerful performance, as a woman who is seeking some meaning in her life, and she thinks she finds it in a gifted young Kindergarten student. The young boy who plays this part is also terrific, but this is Gyllenhaal's film all the way and she is compelling from start to finish. "Quite desperation" describe her at the beginning, and "honorably unhinged" she where she ends up. A really good movie. Expand
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mohamad91hkAug 22, 2019
The film is all about the performance of Maggie, the story isn't strong, it's just about the obsession of a teacher on a talented child, also the story isn't attractive, if anyone read the plot before watching the film, they will skip it.The film is all about the performance of Maggie, the story isn't strong, it's just about the obsession of a teacher on a talented child, also the story isn't attractive, if anyone read the plot before watching the film, they will skip it. This kind of story could be better as a short movie not in 96 minutes.

I would like to salute Maggie about her solid performance, she was perfect and must be nominated for a reward, she is deeply involved in her role, you can see it by her reactions, facial expressions, etc. you feel every part of her body was acting even when she was silent.

If you want to watch an enjoyable story, this is not a good choice, but if you like to see a great performance, this one will be a good choice.
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ThomassNov 20, 2018
Very unique sort of picture. Maggie Gyllenhaal was excellent and does often seem to be in movies that skirt the edges of social mores. Here the film deals with obsession and at the same time the loss of poetry in the culture. Well writtenVery unique sort of picture. Maggie Gyllenhaal was excellent and does often seem to be in movies that skirt the edges of social mores. Here the film deals with obsession and at the same time the loss of poetry in the culture. Well written script and carried off very well. Expand
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alejandro970Dec 2, 2018
Doused by complexity, a psychological drama about a probably Asperger kid and his potential talents, and his teacher -remarkable Maggie Gyllenhaal- who tries to help him with good intentions. Good choice.
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LajaleaaNov 25, 2018
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Ganadora del Directing Award en el Sundance Film Festival de éste año y protagonizada por Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher es una historia sobre el impulso y la obsesión como único salvavidas que tiene el talento
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Ganadora del Directing Award en el Sundance Film Festival de éste año y protagonizada por Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher es una historia sobre el impulso y la obsesión como único salvavidas que tiene el talento inocente. Ésta #película está dirigida por Sara Colangelo, una directora emergente que solo ha realizado dos largometrajes en su carrera, el primero llamado Little Accidents con Elizabeth Banks y su segundo proyecto éste remake de la película de Israel del 2014 con el mismo nombre.
The Kindergarten Teacher funciona gracias al equilibrio de dos cosas muy importantes: una historia que permite la existencia de un personaje complejo y la capacidad de Gyllenhaal de comprender y explorar esa complejidad. Gyllenhaal retrata a una maestra de Kinder con aspiraciones poéticas sin resultados prometedores, hasta que descubre esa chispa de talento en uno de sus alumnos. A partir de ahí, la travesía logrará introducir dulzura en los momentos más perturbadores y perversión en las intenciones más bondadosas. En este ensayo sobre el talento humano se toca con éxito una imagen de la cultura americana cuya fe se recarga en la cantidad y no en la calidad.
La fotografía no podrá ser la más impresionante, pero lo que permite es darle un marco a la imagen en la que se desenvolverá toda la aventura. Es difícil dar una opinión sobre ésta película que no tenga revelaciones narrativas, ya que la calidad de su historia está íntimamente ligada a la dimensión de las resoluciones psicológicas que se presentan en la historia. Sin embargo diré que es una película especial y que se atreve a tomar riesgos para llevar a su público a lugares en donde la moral es el antagonista de lo bueno, y lo bueno se siente tan raro que pareciera ser malo.
La película en general no tiene ni la intención ni la necesidad de ser una experiencia espectacular o conmovedora, pero refleja un aspecto de la actualidad americana que define suficientemente bien la forma en la que, no solo genera su propia autodestrucción, sino que también la defiende y cuida.
The Kindergarten Teacher es la historia de una heroína que conocerá el valor de hacer el bien y provocar el daño al raptar la magia que le queda a su propia sociedad, no para apoderarse de ella, sino para promoverla y crecerla. Y entre una moralidad irónica y una ética desesperada, esa heroína se reconocerá, no como la poeta, sino como la poesía.
Vayan a verla, la película está suficientemente bien realizada como para que un público crítico y con capacidades mínimas de reflexión pueda encontrar una gran cantidad de momentos y valores que apreciar.
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IsaacJJun 26, 2019
“Anna is beautiful, beautiful enough for me. The sun hits her yellow house, it’s almost like a sign from God”. This is the poem uttered eerily instinctively by five-year old Jimmy (Parker Sevak) in Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher, a“Anna is beautiful, beautiful enough for me. The sun hits her yellow house, it’s almost like a sign from God”. This is the poem uttered eerily instinctively by five-year old Jimmy (Parker Sevak) in Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher, a tantalising remake of the Israeli film of the same name. Jimmy’s poetic compositions seem only to catch the curiosity of his kindergarten teacher, Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who we see is quietly disillusioned with the mundanity of her everyday life and distanced from her family. Her only passion appears to be poetry; she attends late night classes with an attractive professor (Gael Garcia Bernal), but he thinks her poems are “derivative” and lack originality. But something snaps when she hears Jimmy’s poem; her intrigue in the child’s ‘gift’ (“We’re dealing with a young Mozart”) steadily begins to slide into obsession, making for a delightfully unsettling psychodrama where Gyllenhaal is the true star.
The Kindergarten Teacher is a thoroughly interesting film, teeming with nuance and subtleties. It’s a definite slow burn, a film that creeps up the tension, walking that knife edge between believable and otherwise just as its character does. Initially when we meet Lisa, her loneliness is palpable. Much of the film, however, focuses on her relationship with this young boy, as her actions become all the more disconcerting; nap times are replaced with exchanges of phone numbers, Jimmy’s babysitter is fired so Lisa can spend more time with him and so on. It’s a masterfully crafted piece, conjuring a distinctly sinister tone that still manages to cement itself in reality and blossoms with ambiguity. Whilst Colangelo is an assured directing talent and the young Parker Sevak is remarkable, the real force behind The Kindergarten Teacher is Maggie Gyllenhaal, who delivers one of the most understated yet powerful performances of her career. Often the camera will settle woozily just on her face; even with no words, Gyllenhaal’s expressions seep with isolation, loneliness and, upon ‘discovering’ Jimmy’s talent, a creepily ecstatic sense of hope. It is Gyllenhaal who manages to keep the film grounded; even as Lisa’s actions become all the more unnerving, the performance allows us to totally buy her motives and keep us strangely sympathetic.
It is safe to say that The Kindergarten Teacher is not a film for everyone. The pace is deliberately unhurried, allowing the story to unfold with gripping if sometimes frustrating slowness. Equally, it’s a film of unanswered questions; are Lisa’s actions simply out of nurture? Is Jimmy being groomed? How far should one go in the pursuit of art? Is Lisa the only one who truly recognises Jimmy’s talent? Most cynical of all… is Jimmy even as good as Lisa insists he is? These themes and questions are explored yet blissfully never explained in the film; in the end, the answers are left purely to our perception. The subject matter is never covered too overtly or with any gratuity; for example, there is no suggestion of a sexual element to Lisa and Jimmy’s relationship. The Kindergarten Teacher is far cleverer than that; though Lisa’s actions are never shown positively, neither are they shown negatively either. Is she actually the only one helping Jimmy? Colangelo proves nothing here is black and white.
In terms of the general craftsmanship, there is impressive work here too. Asher Goldschmidt’s score is jagged and tense and Pepe Avila del Pino’s camera sweeps with versatility from wide landscapes to intimate close-ups. All in all, The Kindergarten Teacher is an expert piece of filmmaking, subtle and complex. It’s the sort of movie that will leave you thinking about it for days after, pondering its riddles and marvelling at that gorgeous central performance.
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JumpCut_OnlineApr 9, 2019
I was completely glued to the screen for the entire third act. If you’re looking for a fresh, thought-provoking drama then I would certainly recommend this. Maggie Gyllenhaal is at the top of her game in The Kindergarten Teacher, delivering aI was completely glued to the screen for the entire third act. If you’re looking for a fresh, thought-provoking drama then I would certainly recommend this. Maggie Gyllenhaal is at the top of her game in The Kindergarten Teacher, delivering a performance that leaves audiences feeling conflicted. This is certainly a heavy film, but I’d also consider it a must-watch and a cautionary tale for the modern age. Expand
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GazMoviesSep 13, 2020
A kindergarten teacher in New York becomes obsessed with one of her students. Whom she believes is a child prodigy. It is VERY slow.
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