Review: An Educator’s Devotion and the Wrong Kind of Intimacy in ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ - Fran Hoepfner
While the plot of ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ is relatively straightforward, the entire film is heightened by the intimate and artful cinematography. Shot by Shai Goldman, the camera is a character. Scenes are often shot from the center of the room, with the point of view doing a full 360 rotation as if to survey the surroundings before settling on a focal point of a scene. This is the task of a poet: seeing everything in a setting and finding what is most meaningful.
The tension is built through the intimacy of Goldman’s lens, and this attention to details heightens the film in a calm, steady way. ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ is not a hysterical film. Nira doesn’t fly off the handle. She is poised and deliberate in her madness, as is the camera, altogether giving the story a more nightmarish quality. And despite the film’s simple story, the audience is fully immersed in visually stimulating and often unsettling cautionary tale.
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