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The Kindergarten Teacher . . . [Dec. 29th, 2015|05:40 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)

. . . is a good movie.  Different and just strange enough to hold my attention for an hour and a half.  It centers around a five year-old boy who seems normal in every respect except that occasionally he goes into sort of a waking trance and starts pacing back and forth over what looks like about ten or twelve feet.  He then announces, "I have a poem," and proceeds to recite some extraordinary poetry.  Not extraordinary for a five year-old, extraordinary for anybody.  His nanny writes down as many poems as she can and actually recites some in acting auditions, presenting then as her own, but she is otherwise rather flip about his quirky abilities.  The kid's kindergarten teacher witnesses a poem "come through" one day and becomes obsessed with preserving and developing the kid's talent.  The kid's dad and nanny think he's just going through a phase and they just want him to grow out of it and be normal.

The movie is about the lengths the obsessed kindergarten teacher goes to to try and capture the kid's talent.  It turns out the kid isn't particularly impressed with himself either and just wants to play with his friends.

Overall, throughout the movie, the kid is cute, but he's one serious little shit most of the time (he says his mom's dead, but she really ran off or went crazy or something, which may contribute to his mostly dour disposition).  There is one scene where he's dancing with his arms out to his sides like seagull wings or something and he's got a huge grin on his face and is obviously having a ball.  It reminded me of Luna Majovic's dancing in Youth which I saw just days ago.  It's avery small part of the movie; it just caught my attention because I'd seen someone else do that in a movie not a whole week ago.

Definitely recommended.