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Video: Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher | 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Vaguely familiar in its form, it was a definite case of deja vu as I’ve assisted at both world premiere screenings for the 2014 original (which preemed at Cannes – see video) and the remake. The former version via Nadav Lapid had an immensely satisfying politicized subtext, while the later in Sara Colangelo‘s version of The Kindergarten Teacher, we have a layered characterization of a women (brilliantly invested perf from actress Maggie Gyllenhaal) that arrives distilled, and sprouts into some psychologically advanced terrain. We knew Colangelo had a confident skilled hand, but this sophomore film is a drastic improvement on her imperfect Little Accidents. Here was the world premiere post-screening Q&A.

Sara Colangelo's The Kindergarten Teacher

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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