'LYRICAL VISIONS' A day of films based on poetry starts at 10-30am with 'The Kindergarten Teacher' (R13)
Gyllenhaal is spellbinding in Sara Colangelo’s complex tale of a teacher who becomes too deeply involved with a gifted five-year-old in her care.
Based on Nadav Lapid’s 2014 Israeli film Haganenet, this second feature by writer-director Sara Colangelo (who made Little Accidents) is a brilliantly understated study of obsession, a perfectly poised portrait of a woman on the verge. As precariously balanced as its anti-heroine, The Kindergarten Teacher walks a tightrope between the intriguing and the unnerving, gesturing gently toward disparate genres (from heartbreaking love story to supernaturally inflected horror) while keeping its feet firmly rooted in everyday life.
Stuck in an unsatisfying marriage and with teenage children who ignore her, 40-year-old Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) treads water by teaching kindergarten with quiet dispassion. One day everything changes when Lisa discovers that Jimmy, a five-year-old boy in her class, maybe a gifted poet and sees him as a ticket out of her mundane life. When Lisa presents some of Jimmys work at her poetry class as her own work and receives praise from her teacher (Gael Garca Bernal), her desire to mentor the child genius grows. As fascination turns into obsession, Lisa spirals downward on a dangerous and desperate path.
Tickets $12 and $10 includes tea/coffee/ biscuits. Text bookings to 0210 222 5558. Full details and trailer at www.flickscinema.weebly.com