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A perplexing but all-too-human psychological drama ...
Poetry is dead - but maybe a five-year-old boy can save it, with the help of his kindergarten teacher.
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.
Keeps its audience rapt until the quietly shattering conclusion.
A self-assured, remarkably powerful film from the Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid.
What is weird, and ultimately destructive, is the way that The Kindergarten Teacher conceptualizes its child prodigy.
Even as it grows more and more perplexing, the movie is never less than fascinating, right up to its WTF finale.
Refreshingly, The Kindergarten Teacher offers a view of Israeli society that sidesteps the usual clichés.
The film is less about this prodigy than the spell he unwittingly exerts upon those sensitized to hear music where there is only noise...
The internationally acclaimed filmmaker's new 'The Kindergarten Teacher' takes Jewish insularity to terrific extremes.
Both tantalizing and convincing.
The Kindergarten Teacher is stylish, pretentious and cerebral, with characters so schematic that they only intermittently resemble actual human beings.
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.
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.
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