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 yearns to be more than what she has becomes and 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.
“…a brilliantly observed ethical pretzel about a poetically gifted kid” - The Guardian
Director: Sara Colangelo
Duration: 99 mins
Admission: SEAC Friends/Members: FREE, advance booking essential
Non-members: €5 in advance, €7 at the door
Non-members Concessions: €4 in advance, €6 at the door
Doors Open: 8:00pm
Commences At: 8:30pm
In advance: €5 / €4
At the door: €7 / €6