Madame Hyde

  |  Book Tickets: 19/08/2018
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Isabelle Huppert's timid science teacher unleashes a dark, powerful alter ego in this amusing fable from Serge Bozon, very loosely based on the novel ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. High school science teacher Mrs. Géquil (Isabelle Huppert) is struck by lightning on the night of a harvest moon. The woman begins to embody a powerful alter ego, Mrs. Hyde, that instils a newfound confidence in her. However, the new persona is dangerous and must be controlled. The gender-swap from the book is not really Bozon investigating the idea of a woman’s empowerment but with ‘Mrs. Hyde’, he is  most interested in critiquing the unfairness and inertia of the French school system, and in investigating what it really means to be a teacher. It’s a fascinating role in an uneven but frequently insightful movie riddled with amusing asides and enigmatic developments, partly because Huppert doesn’t undergo a radical transformation. Instead, she subtly finds herself at war with her inner confidence, and it’s often hard to tell which side has the upper hand. The most unusual movie in the Festival. (Subtitles) France 2018 Serge Bozon 95m