The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

SARA COLANGELO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  USA, 2018.  Pie Films, Farcaster Films, Imagination Park Entertainment, Liner Films, Manhattan Productions, Maven Pictures, PaperChase Films, Pia Pressure, Piapressure, Studio Mao.  Screenplay by Sara Colangelo, based on a screenplay by Nadav Lapid.  Cinematography by Pepe Avila del Pino.  Produced by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler.  Music…

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Ajami

BBBB (out of 5) The Israel/Palestine conflict is distilled down to a handful of violent interactions on the streets of Tel Aviv that are all connected in the fascinating epic drama, directed without a script and with non-professional actors who were mostly improvising (neither of which are apparent).  A downward spiral begins when a Bedouin…

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Bethlehem

BBB (out of 5) An Israeli police captain working the West Bank city of the title has a teenaged Palestinian informant whose situation is growing shakier by the minute.  Razi (Tsahi Halevi) recruited young Sanfur before the film began and is using him to get to the boy’s strategically significant brother; the cop also has…

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