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'Mrs. Hyde': French psycho-sci fi-comedy/melodrama . . .

Posted on March 14, 2021 at 21:05:21
Billy Wonka

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October 15, 2013
Ms. Huppert plays a withdrawn science teacher who is faced with a hostile class, a poncey principal (Duris), and supported by a loving, sweet husband (Garcia).

Her class is filled with mostly immigrant children hell-bent on driving her crazy, especially Malik (the cripple). One afternoon, after class, she goes to her private laboratory and gets a bolt of electricity straight to the heart. From there we see a new, stronger teacher who begins to turn Malik into an interested student while things heat up around campus and the town when a glowing figure begins to challenge the unruly youth of her school.

This isn't the sci-fi you would expect BUT it is definitely a derivative with good character development despite nailing down the end game.

Oddly, and fantastically, Huppert gives a REAL geometry lesson to Malik at the midpoint. What a refresher that was!

This is one odd film filled with odd characters. Maybe worth it to see the geometry lesson. Let your thirst for higher education be your guide.

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RE: 'Mrs. Hyde': French psycho-sci fi-comedy/melodrama . . . , posted on March 17, 2021 at 07:27:08
Rod H.

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Location: Oregon
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I have a hard time getting my wife to watch a subtitled film with me but, being a retired school teacher, she was curious about this film. In the end we both thought the film maker got lost and so did we. I always enjoy Isabelle Huppert, even in a stinker film. Romain Duris' character amused me, and the geometry lesson was good.

Forest for the Trees is an interesting film, about a school teacher in Germany, that my wife and I both enjoyed more...and got more from.


I was about to give up on it, but then I thought it got way better about halfway through, posted on March 18, 2021 at 11:32:45
Chris from Lafayette
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February 6, 2012
I thought the ending was pretty good too, as it causes you (or it caused me) to re-evaluate the apparent "happy ending" which had occurred about 20-25 minutes previously. I also thought it was a nice touch that the high school is named after Arthur Rimbaud - from a couple of different points of view.


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