The Kindergarten Teacher

Rated R (MPAA) 94 min. 2018

Forty years old, stuck in Staten Island and married to a sweet but oblivious husband with kids that largely ignore her, Lisa Spinelli 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.

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Director: Sara Colangelo

Writer: Sara Colangelo

Cast: Rosa Salazar, Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Chernus and Anna Baryshnikov

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