In a role somewhat better-grounded than those she’s played in films like Love Battles and The Names of Love
, Sara Forestier
portrays a straitlaced schoolteacher in Helene Angel’s Elementary (Primaire
), a lively dramedy that realistically captures the unpredictable world of grade-school education. Although the film’s subject matter may not constitute the main draw for U.S. audiences, committed performances and a judicious shading of humor could help Angel’s feature make the grade on premium cable or streaming platforms following a January theatrical release in France.
For thirtyish teacher Florence (Forestier), working with primary school children has become more than a career,...