The Kindergarten Teacher works by upending your expectations of where the film is taking you, and by making you understand its characters (and by extension all of Lapid’s characters) are not strange people, outliers. https://medium.com/the-flickering-wall/wedding-presents-95e4b14ff57c
Au delà de l'ennuie d'une femme à qui manque l'inspiration d'un enfant doué, ce film est à propos de l'utopie d'un monde poétique. La poésie à l'épreuve de l'obsession, du déraisonnement et de l'écart entre la normale et la souhaitée. L'institutrice veut croire qu'elle sauve l'enfant d'un destin sombre, mais en réalité elle essaye de se sauver de son ennuie et son désenchantement du monde.
I may end up being alive as a result , one day, of my ability to remember a nubian woman arising out of the warm north africa mediterranean and recite the poem of the lion. This is a simple, beautiful film with an opening, a midgame, and an endgame that will leave you at the hotel Odem in Eiliat. The israel sun filters through the clouds and the rain of cold justice comes through the hotel door. Or did it really.
2.5 Morally chilling. Children are like ants; they are so easily crushed by the world in terrible physical & psychological ways. The teacher's attempts to "help" the boy, beginning with the speech about ants & violence, were horrifying. This boy has a creative process that he is too young to be asked to discuss. He needs to be protected & allowed to grow into a full person, without the pressure of "producing work."
A difficult film to love, with the teacher both too needy and alienated and the boy virtually unknowable. But in Lapid's world, the strangeness, the easy crossover between right and wrong, the difficulty in living each day as our own, supercede these concerns. Great camera shots showing the height difference between characters to denote power, and powerful facial closeups. One to talk about when it's over.
There is beauty in this film, mixed in with the cynicism, the mundane, the indifference. The eponymous Kindergarten Teacher sees it in this child, whose inspiration comes in spurts, and battles a mixture of maternal protection, nostalgic guilt, boredom, nihilism to protect him and nurture him. But even this boundary becomes blurred in its climax, and the boy and the larger message march on in indifference.
An unsubtly strange, striking film on its surface, The KT is less interestingly unsubtle beneath it. Sarit Larry (Hi Sarit!) evinces a magnetic intensity as a student-besotted teacher, or as a poetry-besotted teacher, or, perhaps above all, as a lonely, adrift, longing woman. But the film's attempts to mean something about poetry, or childhood, or the modern world's devouring of either/both of them, fail to cohere.
Review at Next Projection: http://nextprojection.com/2015/08/06/kindergarten-teacher-noteworthy-point-view-modern-world/ 82/100 - The Kindergarten Teacher (Lapid, 2014) explores how poetry, amongst other historic arts, is being lost to a world of increasing modernity and materiality. It illustrates how a young genius akin to a young Mozart would go unnoticed today, stifled by a society that simply...
Mixed feelings about this. Interesting style and great acting, but over all, an annoying film, for various reasons (but I don't want to give any spoilers). I love films about kids, but this one isn't really about the kids. Also it isn't plausible, nor surreal, just...huh?
After watching 'Policeman' it's obvious to me that Lapid loves contradictions. What's interesting is that he's not satisfied with creating simple binary oppositions (poetry vs. reality), but also deeply problematizes each one of them. 'Kindergarten Teacher' is the better film because it simultaneously seems to be above all of this, not quite breaking the 4th wall, but coming really close.
"¿Qué es a fin de cuentas esta relación paternalista? ¿Es mecenazgo o burda estrategia para alcanzar un crédito desmerecido? ¿A qué se debe esa devoción por la poesía? ¿Es por lo artificioso o el sentido de la palabra misma? Nira, extraviada entre el compromiso y la obsesión, parece evocar esa distinción entre la militancia y el fanatismo correspondiente al discurso político..." http://bit.ly/1sJjARb