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Maggie Gyllenhaal on how 'The Kindergarten Teacher' marks a 'new beginning' in her career

Maggie Gyllenhaal on how 'The Kindergarten Teacher' marks a 'new beginning' in her career

Sitting in the Library Center Theatre at the Sundance premiere of her new film, “The Kindergarten Teacher,” in January, Maggie Gyllenhaal was enjoying herself right up until the point where she felt the audience turned on her character.

The shift came during a scene in which Gyllenhaal’s caring, creatively starved kindergarten teacher asks a gifted, 5-year-old student about the source of his poetic inspiration. The boy’s answer produced a burst of intense laughter from that Sundance audience in Park City, Utah, that pained Gyllenhaal — so much so that her mother, seated next to her, leaned over and asked if she was OK.

Nine months later, enjoying the sunshine and a custom-made...

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