Film Review – The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) [Watch]

by Nick Kush
The Kindergarten Teacher

Part of the general movie conversation these days is the necessity of remakes. More specifically, if American versions of foreign films are worthwhile. Most of the time, it’s for a studio or a creative team to take advantage of a great story and script without much retooling, but, most of the time, it’s to make a quick buck. But Netflix’s The Kindergarten Teacher — the U.S. version of the Israeli film of the same name — shockingly adds its own take to the story, showing that sometimes it’s effective to tell the same story within a different context.

The following review will be spoiler free.


Directed By: Sara Colangelo

Written Bt: Sara Colangelo

Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood, Libya Pugh, Michael Chernus, and Carter Kojima

Forty years old, stuck in Staten Island and married to a sweet but oblivious husband with kids that largely ignore her, Lisa Spinelli (Gyllenhaal) spends her days teaching Kindergarten with growing numbness. Her one reprieve is a nighttime poetry class across the bay in Lower Manhattan. When she discovers that a five-year-old in her class may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa becomes fascinated — then obsessed, as she struggles to protect him from neglectful parents and a plagiarizing babysitter. She soon finds herself risking her career, family and freedom to nurture his artistic promise.


For a discussion of The Kindergarten Teacher, watch the video from Austin Burke below:


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Nick Kush October 13, 2018 - 6:04 pm

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