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La journée de la jupe -- Skirt Day is a fascinating psychological study, a socio-critical investigation - and Isabelle Adhani's first film in five years


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Skirt Day is a fascinating psychological study, a socio-critical investigation - and Isabelle Adhani's first film in five years Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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David Thomson on Isabelle Adjani
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 19 May 2011, 4:06 PM, PDT)

Cesar 2010
 (From Alt Film Guide. 27 February 2010, 6:22 PM, PST)

Nominees for the 2010 Globes de cristal
 (From The Cultural Post. 29 December 2009, 5:16 PM, PST)

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Perfect "social thriller" about the "two cultures", and how they interact... or not :)! See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)

Isabelle Adjani ... Sonia Bergerac
Denis Podalydès ... Labouret
Yann Collette ... Bechet
Nathalie Besançon ... La ministre
Marc Citti ... Frédéric Bergerac
Yann Ebonge ... Mouss
Karim Zakraoui ... Farid

Kévin Azaïs ... Sébastien
Khalid Berkouz ... Mehmet
Sarah Douali ... Farida
Hassan Mezhoud ... Akim
Sonia Amori ... Nawel
Mélèze Bouzid ... Khadija
Salim Boughidene ... Jérôme
Fily Doumbia ... Adiy
Olivier Brocheriou ... Julien
Jackie Berroyer ... Le principal
Anne Girouard ... Cécile
Stéphan Guérin-Tillié ... François
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benhaïssa Ahouari ... Le père de Sonia
Koceila Aït-Ghezali ... Le copain de Mehmet
Dimoinique Caché ... Homme du RAID
Xiaoxing Cheng ... Father asian
Sarah-Laure Estragnat ... La journaliste
Hadjra Fares ... La mère de Farid
Gilles Flamand ... Le perchman
Laurent Hennequin ... Homme du RAID
Mariam Kaba ... La mère de Mouss
Malika Kadri ... La mère de Sonia
Cyrille Kervestin ... Le caméraman

Jean-Raoul Lacote ... Policeman
Feliciano Lopez ... Homme du RAID
Jean Charles Manuel ... Homme du RAID
Bendit Rat ... Homme du RAID

Régis Romele ... Lieutenant du raid
Véronique Ruggia ... La mère de Sébastien
Emmanuel Vieilly ... Le policier 1
Omar Yami ... Le frère de Sonia
Zirek ... Le père de Mehmet (as Ahmet Zirek)

Directed by
Jean-Paul Lilienfeld 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Paul Lilienfeld  dialogue
Jean-Paul Lilienfeld  writer

Produced by
Ariel Askénazi .... producer
Bénédicte Lesage .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Pascal Rabaud 
Film Editing by
Aurique Delannoy 
Casting by
Cendrine Lapuyade 
Production Design by
Olivier Jacquet 
Costume Design by
Agnès Beziers 
Production Management
Pierre Dufour .... production manager
Sandra Mondange .... post-production manager
Pascal Pons .... unit manager
Martine Vergnes .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mohamed Belhamar .... assistant director
François Bigrat .... second assistant director
Leslie Tabuteau .... first assistant director
Vincent Templement .... third assistant director
Sound Department
Jonathan Acbard .... boom operator
Emmanuel Croset .... sound re-recording mixer
Antonin Dalmasso .... sound editor (as Antoine Dalmasso)
Hélène Ducret .... sound editor
Philippe Richard .... sound
Hubert Teissedre .... foley recording engineer
Hubert Teissedre .... post sync recording engineer
Visual Effects by
Victor Barrere .... visual effects artist
Stephanie Boutinaud .... visual effects
Sophie Lascombes .... stunt double
Daniel Vérité .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Grégory Bar .... electrician
Maxime Cointe .... camera operator
Arnaud Delannoy .... first assistant camera
Cyril Girard .... electrician
Adrien Manant .... assistant camera
Guillaume Quoilin .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandrine Langen .... wardrobe
Julien Reignoux .... costumer
Other crew
Anne-Marie Billon .... production administrator
François Guerrar .... press relations
Carole Kornmann .... script supervisor
Elodie Tournierou .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Skirt Day" - Europe (English title) (festival title)
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Germany:87 min (Berlin International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade)


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Perfect "social thriller" about the "two cultures", and how they interact... or not :)!, 18 March 2012
Author: R. Ignacio Litardo ( from Capital, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A mix of "Entre les Murs" ("The Class"), Michael Douglas' "Falling down" and maybe "Negotiator" (2008), this gripping even if unlikely film stars Isabelle Adjani, showing she's a great actress, and Denis Podalydès as "Brigadier Labouret" , who doesn't have to show anything, as a cop with problems at home.

Everybody has an antagonist in life, his Salieri. In this case, our brigadier has Bechet, who wants swift action, "shoot first, think later", style. Labouret, maybe because he knows from experience how things can quickly get out of control, tries to help our beautiful heroine, Sonia Bergerac, a literature teacher in an underprivileged state high school. Isabelle Adjani being born outside France, it's clear why she chose to star this film, and some of her monologues when she's not out of control are of course her "message", like when she tries to educate her unruly pupils about the value of education, how they owe it to their struggling immigrant parents to achieve something for all they've left behind, and how life isn't that tough for students like them, but it's ruthless for those (foreigners) who don't.

The State is represented by Nathalie Besançon, (also playing a classy chief at TV series "Enquêtes réservées") always beautiful, but easily misled, and the school principal "Cauvin", a bureaucrat, like all of his kind, trying to save his skin above everything else.

This film will keep you glued to your seat, it would be a disaster on a lesser actress than Adjani. Unpredictable, out of control, "like an actor who has lost his plot" as others have written. My gripes are two: I would have liked a bit more of screen time to "Mouss", the violent bully, and his pal. What makes them be as they are? The same for the female pupils, or should I say victims, Farida and specially Nawel, Nathalie's unlikely ally, also with issues of her own. I also didn't believe in the feminist issues, like the film's title for instance, or Sonia's lecturing on how males and females differ in terms of attitudes towards them when they have sex. For a sophisticated Moliere teacher, I think this sounds too like pop psychology. I mean, is that her "reivindication" for the media, what Labouret asks her, doggedly, and mistakenly of course?

This is also a film that will keep you thinking. What would you do to engage this troubled, rowdy teens if you had to teach them anything? How do you think they'll fare in life? Farid wanting to keep his bonnett is just an example of a bigger issue. Is laicisim just a fancy word with a bunch of violent kids who want to be footballers, read People magazine and participate in TV shows? Sonia, no cultural relativist, (notice her surname, with heavy literary significance) pokes fun at her pupils's lack of intellectual ambitions, in a very "grand actor's" way. She starts by trying to give them the class she never could deliver. Like making them memorize the real and fake name of Moliere, etc. But later, she finally makes them participate in a sort of "Big brother" contest, among themselves, just showing she's beginning to engage the pupils using their codes and language, understanding the limits of XIX century "classical" education, specially to XXI century "fragmented" / postmodern pupils!

The use of classical music (Mozart) to highlight the contrast between it, the "traditional culture" and the "all to modern" world in which our teacher fights is a resource that has been used before, but is effective, nevertheless.

There are two IMDb reviews you might like to check: "ck_104 from Lebanon" called this film a "committed/ social thriller", I think you can't expect a better one. And "herve naudet", himself a pupil like the ones we see at this tough film, who writes that Adjani lives her parts, and plays with her guts. I agree with "nyc host" from France that: "this film is more to-the-point than the very flat and bland take of the last Palmes d'Or 'Entre les Murs' ". And probably with ghibliii from United Kingdom here: (Adjani) "looks way too luxurious and sophisticated for the social milieu"

Nevertheless, it's a very good film by actor and director Jean-Paul Lilienfeld. I'm looking forward to watching more films directed by him. My favourite scene is of course her monologue with red lighting, in the beginning of the film and then later, you'll understand why.

Enjoy and think about it!

PS: Not because it's obvious it's less true: Adjani is stunning in her classy white tailleur and boots with high heels. Angel's face, really. Life's unfair :).

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