Maggie Gyllenhaal, gives a stand out performance as Lisa Spinelli, a Kindergarten Teacher who inadvertently discovers her five-year-old student, Jimmy (Parker Sevak) is a gifted prodigy. Unfortunately for both, Lisa’s good intentions to nurture Jimmy’s undoubted gifts slowly turn to inappropriate protectiveness and erratic decision-making.
Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of the seemingly patient and caring Lisa, is a remarkable portrait of the psyche of a disillusioned woman. An aspiring but frustrated poet, Lisa confuses Jimmy’s gift as the means to refashion her frustrated life. Nuanced and subtly unnerving, Sara Colangelo adaption of Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid’s 2014 film of the same name, deservingly won the Directing Award at Sundance 2018.
99 minutes, USA, 2018, TBC