The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet) (2015)


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In a world that does not appreciate artists, where sensitive souls don't stand a chance, a poetry-loving kindergarten teacher discovers a child poet and decides to take it upon herself to nurture him. To save his greatness from the world, to salvage him from the banal, the mediocre and the crude - to save him from life itself. It is the story of a female Don Quixote, who strives to save the world through the poetry of a child, and of a pensive child who has no desire to be saved.

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Lior Raz
as Nira's Husband
Esther Rada
as Miri, the Babysitter
Dan Toren
as Aharon Pollak
Avishag Kahalani
as Kindergarten Teaching Assistant
as The Poetry Teacher
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Critic Reviews for The Kindergarten Teacher (Haganenet)

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A perplexing but all-too-human psychological drama ...

Nov 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Poetry is dead - but maybe a five-year-old boy can save it, with the help of his kindergarten teacher.

Aug 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Lapid, following his acclaimed 2014 hostage drama "Policeman," clearly has a lot on his mind here. But he tells his overlong story in such a diffuse, at times elliptical way that his reach exceeds its grasp.

Aug 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Keeps its audience rapt until the quietly shattering conclusion.

Aug 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A self-assured, remarkably powerful film from the Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid.

Jul 30, 2015 | Full Review…

What is weird, and ultimately destructive, is the way that The Kindergarten Teacher conceptualizes its child prodigy.

Jul 30, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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It has a curious premise, like a modern version of Amadeus (only with poetry, an unappreciated art form in our days, in lieu of music), following a madly obsessed woman who exploits a poor child to whom the gift of art comes so easy, but the film drags and feels a bit repetitive at times.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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By night, Nira(Sarit Larry) attends a creative writing group. By day, she is a kindergarten teacher. One of her charges is five year old Yoav(Avi Shnaidman) who displays a prodigious talent at poetry which Nira talks about with Yoav's nanny Miri(Ester Rada) who also wants to be an actress. Aside from pointing out that there is nothing more dangerous than a failed intellectual(which is a better explanation for Nira's actions than simple empty nest syndrome), "The Kindergarten Teacher" also has quite a few things to say about the class structure in Israel. Writer-director Napav Lapid then takes those expectations and subverts them neatly throughout, even though he has a tendency to rely on extreme close-ups a bit too much.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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