Maggie Gyllenhaal stuns in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

30 Dec, 2018

In Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal’s (“Secretary” (2002), “The Dark Knight” (2008), “The Deuce” (2017-2018)) newest film, “The Kindergarten Teacher,” (2018) she plays Lisa Spinelli, a sensitive kindergarten teacher that has a passion for poetry. An ambitious amateur poet, she takes a liking to one of her young students, a child prodigy who has a knack for poetry. This exquisite child develops poems at the most ordinary and unexpected moments—at play while school is in session. As Gyllenhaal’s intriguing character attempts to capture the poems of the boy, she gives into her temptation of claiming the prose as her own in order to impress the literary circles she finds herself amongst.

In our 41st Mill Valley Film Festival red carpet interview with the talented and critically-acclaimed actress, Gyllenhaal explains to Dig In Magazine Editor-in-Chief Cindy Maram, that her “character has a lot to say and to do with where women are in this culture right now.” “It’s really about a woman that’s driven crazy by the culture she lives in. And she lives in the same culture we live in” says Gyllenhaal.

Watch our full interview with “The Kindergarten Teacher’s” Maggie Gyllenhaal to learn more about what she had to say about the movie: (“The Kindergarten Teacher” can currently be viewed on Netflix.)

When she makes a good impression on her poetry professor, whom she becomes romantically involved with, she is invited to read at a special poetry reading event filled with academics in the prestigious literary community. But when her turn to perform arises, she introduces the young poet that she is so proud of as the true genius behind the poems, revealing her deep, dark secret. Gyllenhaal’s performance and role as a slightly deranged kindergarten teacher who is chasing a life-long dream of becoming a talented and famous poet stuns and shocks the audience as the story develops. The scenario drives viewers to shiver, growing fearful of her next move—child abduction, as well as brings to mind the idea of child molestation as her affections and obsession toward the boy grow.

Maggie Gyllenhaal | The Kindergarten Teacher | 41st Mill Valley Film Festival | Photo by Jonathan Shensa

Maggie Gyllenhaal | The Kindergarten Teacher
41st Mill Valley Film Festival | Photo by Jonathan Shensa

Maggie Gyllenhaal | The Kindergarten Teacher | 41st Mill Valley Film Festival | Photo by Jonathan Shensa

Maggie Gyllenhaal | The Kindergarten Teacher
41st Mill Valley Film Festival | Photo by Jonathan Shensa

Interview and video produced by Cindy Maram
Video production by Ed Troxell
Post-production by Alex Geranios/Guerilla Wanderers Films
Photos by Jonathan Shensa

About the author

Cindy Maram

Cindy Maram is Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Dig In Magazine. She is an accredited film journalist for Cannes Film Festival in the South of France, Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and CAAMFest, as well as fashion & style photographer/blogger for London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week, professional sports photographer/writer and art critic. She is a writer, vlogger & social media community manager possessing a B.A from UC Davis and a M.A. in Mass Communications + Popular Culture Studies emphasis in Film/Marketing/Writing from Cal State Fullerton.

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