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The Kindergarten Teacher
Directed by Nadav Lapid • 2014 • Israel, France
Starring Sarit Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Lior Raz
A teacher’s obsession with the poetic genius of her five-year-old student assumes increasingly unsettling dimensions in Nadav Lapid’s fascinatingly cryptic sophomore feature. As the titular protagonist, Nira (Sarit Larry), discovers that her young student, Yoav (Avi Shnaidman), has an otherworldly talent for language and poetry, she slowly and progressively becomes interested in cultivating the boy’s gift. But when appreciation morphs into all-consuming obsession, Nira pushes the boundaries of her relationship with the boy and his family into dangerous territory.