Lisa (the ever-captivating Maggie Gyllenhaal) has an undeniable artistic sensitivity. That is why, after teaching kindergarten, she attends a poetry workshop conducted by Simon (Gael García Bernal). However, she does not seem to possess the necessary talent to stand out as a poet. Her family does not help either. Life with her husband is monotonous, and her children are teenagers who are not too interested in the artistic side of their mother nor do they seem to possess such sensitivity. Therefore, when Lisa witnesses one of her pupils, five-years-old Jimmy (a surprising Peter Sevak) invents and recites profound poems during trance-like moments of inspiration, she cannot help but make Jimmy’s talent known to the world, whatever the costs. However, her relation with Jimmy turns to an obsession, and the teacher will lose control of the situation.
Sara Colangelo won the Best Dramatic Director Award at Sundance for her remake of an acclaimed Israeli film. Her film stars a splendid Maggie Gyllenhaal in a morally ambiguous role. Gyllenhaal infuses her character with great vulnerability in this small film recounting the story of a woman who does not feel fulfilled and who believes for a brief moment that her prodigious pupil will help her fill the void in her life. A special mention to the very young Peter Sevak, full of tenderness, and displaying a serenity and a presence which is unusual for such a small child actor.
2018: Sundance Film Festival: Best Direction
2018: Gijón Film Festival
Runtime: 96 min
Direction: Sara Colangelo
Screenplay: Sara Colangelo
Cinematography: Pepe Avila del Pino
OST: Asher Goldschmidt
Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Rosa Salazar
Contact: La Aventura Audiovisual