the kindergarten teacher
Director: Sara Colangelo Screenplay: Sara Colangelo Genre: Psychological thriller Co-production: MAVEN PICTURES / PIA PRESSURE Budget: $2.4m
Status: Shot Over Summer 2017. Sold Netflix North America, Protagonist selling rest of world.
Based upon the acclaimed Israeli Film, and directed by Sara Colangelo (whose film LITTLE ACCIDENTS was a multiple award winner), THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER tells the story of a woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who sees such great promise in her five year old student.She goes to unreasonable and ultimately criminal lengths to protect his talent, sacrificing her career, family, and life. Gael Garcia Bernal plays Simon opposite Maggie.
Forty years old, stuck in Staten Island married to a sweet but oblivious husband and living with kids that don't pay her much mind, Lisa Spinelli goes through her days teaching Kindergarten with growing numbness. Her one reprieve - a night time poetry class across the bay in Lower Manhattan. When she discovers a five-year-old in her class may be a prodigious poet, Lisa becomes fascinated, then obsessed, as she pushes farther and farther to protect him from neglectful parents and a plagiarising babysitter, risking her career, family and freedom to nurture his artistic promise.
BRILLIANTLY OBSERVED ETHICAL PRETZEL ABOUT A POETICALLY GIFTED KID
★★★★★ The Guardian