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Lise Leplat Prudhomme,
Mrs. Géquil is a teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she immediately feels reinvigorated and becomes a better and more engaging teacher overnight, while even bonding with some of the students. Even her sex life with her husband improves. However, there is a downside to this when the moon is full. Will she be able to keep the powerful and dangerous fiery creature dubbed Mrs. Hyde contained and continue to use her newfound creativity and lust for life for good?
To be totally honest, what I like most about Mrs. Hyde is that she's independent, inscrutable, and a little rough around the edges.
Mrs. Hyde (Madame Hyde in the original French) is a scientific indie parable about a beleaguered high school physics teacher (Mrs. Géquil, which, strangely enough, sounds a lot like the French pronunciation of 'Jekyll') of children in difficulty. On the night of a red moon, she's working in her lab and a lightning strike passes through her equipment (she's doing experiments on body heat and electricity) and into her. This electroshock transforms her into a better teacher during the day and a strange, burning red moon creature in the evening.
If this film had been a polished, studio release, it would have been a shocking waste. But as it's an indie filmed backed by a surprisingly a-list cast (Isabelle Huppert, Romain Duris, José Garcia...), the look and feel of the film is reminiscent of Michel Gondry's La Science des Rêves.
This is a film that won't be liked by many, but those who appreciate quirky, weird, tongue-in-cheek independent modern fables with offbeat humour will find something to enjoy here. Mrs. Hyde is an uncomfortable experience, but not an unpleasant one.
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