The Kindergarten Teacher

"Nadav Lapid's astonishingly bold film about a gifted child and his effect on his teacher is a rewarding, unsettling and moving experience." - Film Journal International

“Israeli director Nadav Lapid's melancholic and seductive sophomore feature laments a lost appreciation for art while, like the titular antihero, actively searching through life's nooks and crannies for something beautiful.

“The magnificent Sarit Larry plays Nira, whose interest in her five-year-old pupil Yoav (Avi Shnaidman) is slow-burning, discomforting and tragic. She notices his uncanny ability to freestyle poetry, so she nurtures that gift to ensure Yoav doesn't lose it to modern-day perils: uninterested parents, pop culture and other kids who just want to play.

“As Nira creeps into Yoav's life in ever more disturbing ways, their relationship edges toward victim-and-predator, but bubbling beneath the troubling educational methods is a complicated conversation about art and the audience. What constitutes poetry and how we observe, translate, obsess over and manipulate it?

“The precise, hypnotic camera work finds its way into the most telling places without calling attention to itself. It would be a crime not to appreciate such mastery.” - NOW Magazine


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