The Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten Teacher ★★★½

A slight but strong piece of filmmaking, one that works sheerly from the questions it raises rather than the answers it chooses to provide.

Calling to mind similar themes to those explored in Jonathan Glazer's 2004 psychodrama Birth, writer-director Sara Colangelo's character study is both a delicate and disturbing examination of one woman's unsettling behaviour influenced by unfulfilled ambitions and the unpredictable wrath of loneliness.

With Maggie Gyllenhaal's subtly devastating performance at its core, it's a provocative potboiler about how far the boundaries can be pushed before a teacher/student relationship becomes morally and ethically unacceptable.

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