2017, Serge Bozon, France, 95 min. With Isabelle Huppert, Romain Duris.
- Fri, Jun 22nd 4:00pm
- Sat, Jun 23rd 5:15pm
- Tue, Jun 26th 6:00pm
"Frequently insightful movie riddled with amusing asides and enigmatic developments...couldn't be more timely." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Beautifully crafted...a socially bellicose, darkly humorous farce." - Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage
Director Bozon (LA FRANCE, TIP-TOP) specializes in freewheeling genre mash-ups; this time he mixes a volatile cocktail of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror trope and the teacher-tames-the-rowdy-classroom tradition of BLACKBOARD JUNGLE and DANGEROUS MINDS. Huppert plays Mme. Gèquil, a meek high school science teacher mocked by her multiethnic students, poorly supported by her preening principal (Romain Duris), and patronized by her house-husband spouse (José Garcia). Then a massive jolt of lab-enhanced lightning unleashes her dormant Mrs. Hyde - a glowing, instant-justice-dispensing wraith by night; a newly confident, innovative teacher by day. Former film critic Bozon tips his cap to Frank Tashlin and Jerry Lewis, but underneath the wacky comedy is a sharp critique of the class-conscious French educational system. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)