Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance commands this unsettling thriller about a woman obsessed. Unsatisfied by family life and by her work, she craves to become a celebrated poet, yet finds herself lacking. But when one of her pupils shows himself to be a poetic prodigy, her interest takes on dark overtones. Equally mentoring and manipulating, we can only watch as the plot’s screws get ever tighter.
Sara Colangelo’s reimagining of the 2014 Israeli film is a showcase for Gyllenhaal as a fully realised, complex woman.