Q&A SESSION:
elementary


On Thursday 23rd of March at Kino Cinema you will see a special screening of:

Elementary

 

Buy your tickets here!

 

Screening followed by Q&A with Dr Andrew McGregor


About The Q&A..

Hélène Angel’s  Primaire / Elementary (2017) is certainly not the first French film to engage with the dynamics of the classroom as an analogy for French society as a whole. In this Q&A, we will discuss the legacy of this theme and its continuing exploration in contemporary French cinema.
Dr Andrew McGregor lectures in French Studies at The University of Melbourne, specialising in French Cinema (with a particular interest in the representation and interpretation of cultural identities in film).
 

 

France
2016 / Drama
Running time : 1h45
Director : Hélène Angel
Starring : Sara Forestier, Vincent Elbaz, Patrick d’Assumçao, Guilaine Londez

 

“French cinema and the classroom:
a microcosm of French society”

Synopsis

Devoted primary school-teacher Florence (an inspired performance by Sara Forestier, Suzanne, AF FFF14) is a single mother who pours her heart and soul into her students each and every day. When she encounters the disruptive student Sacha and finds he has been abandoned by his mother, Florence devotes herself to helping him. But Sacha's plight combined with her impending work assessment put unthinkable strain on Florence, pushing her to a breaking point where she will put everything on the line, including her vocation and even her relationship with her own son.
While director Hélène Angel superbly contrasts the entertaining energy and colour of the classroom with the lonely and confused world of Sacha, Forestier delivers a magnificent performance as a woman unwilling to compromise her morals, resulting in a remarkably honest, optimistic and engrossing portrayal of school life.





 

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