Part of

96 minutes


DIRECTOR: Sara Colangelo

WITH: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal

40-year-old Lisa Spinelli spends her days teaching in a kindergarten with growing numbness. Her one source of joy is an evening poetry class. When she discovers that a five-year-old in her class may be a poetic prodigy, Lisa is first fascinated, then obsessed, as she struggles to protect him from neglectful parents and a plagiarizing babysitter. Soon she finds herself risking her career, family and freedom to nurture his artistic promise. Gyllenhaal propels the film forward with a beguiling performance, proving once again that she’s one of the most watchable actors working today.

The Cambridge Film Festival is presented by the Cambridge Film Trust, a registered charity with a mission to foster film culture and education for the benefit of the public, in Cambridge and the Eastern region but also throughout the UK.