The Kindergarten Teacher trailer: Maggie Gyllenhaal tries a little too hard to help a child prodigy

Netlfix must have outside hopes of this remake of Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher creeping into award territory later this year. Alongside its launch on the platform it will also receive a small cinema run, which will allow it qualify for the Oscars. Gyllenhaal is always great and reviews have been extremely positive about this, so we can only hope it lives up to the praise. Watch the trailer for The Kindergarten Teacher above to see more.

Lisa Spinelli (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, 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.

Sara Colangelo (Little Accidents) directs, with the supporting cast featuring Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar and Gael García Bernal.

The Kindergarten Teacher arrives on Netflix on October 12th 2018.


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