Maggie Gyllenhaal (‘The Honourable Woman’, ‘The Deuce’) gives one of her finest performances in this compelling account of a teacher overstepping the boundaries of her role.
An US remake of Nadav Lapid’s acclaimed Israeli drama, it centres on a kindergarten teacher depressed with her life when she discovers a young pupil (Parker Sevak) possesses an extraordinary gift for poetry. Initially encouraging the boy, Lisa’s behaviour soon becomes obsessive. Concerned that no one understands Jimmy’s gift she embarks upon a dangerous plan.
★★★★ "Exquisitely non-judgmental, this is one of those little films that restores your faith in indie cinema" - Charlotte O'Sullivan, Evening Standard
★★★★ "I was mesmerised by the ambiguity that this smart, sharp film maintains" - Mark Kermode's Film of the Week, The Observer
★★★★★ "Probably the only movie about poetry with an ending as tense as any thriller" - Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian