If someone ever decides to make a movie called A Simple Woman, it probably won’t star Maggie Gyllenhaal. Purposefully or not, the actress has spent nearly her entire career playing characters that defy convention or easy categorization, from the eager BDSM neophyte in 2002’s surreal black comedy Secretary to her Golden Globe-nominated turn as a self-determined prostitute on the current HBO series The Deuce.
On paper, there’s nothing especially distinctive about her title role in writer-director Sara Colangelo’s prickly, unsettling arthouse drama The Kindergarten Teacher: Lisa Spinelli spends her days doling out juice cups and paintbrushes to her tiny charges, and her evenings at home in Staten Island with her kind, rumpled husband (Michael Chernus) and two teenage children. The kids at school look at her benignly, like a sort of human pillow with snacks; her own treat her mostly with distracted indifference or outright disdain.
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