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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?
The movie, Mrs. Hyde, is inspired by the well-known novel "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". The doctor is replaced here by a teacher of sciences confronted to problematic pupils. After a lightning she changes gradually her behaviour and starts transforming at night.
This is an indie movie in a very European style. This being said, it is not surprising that people who are not used to this genre feel a bit lost, and do not expect to like it if you are in that situation. This means that it is quirky compared to a more mainstream cinema, and it uses ellipsis, letting many things implicit.
The picture is also quite typical of the genre but this movie has its own personality when it comes to the colours. In that, you can see it as a less aggressive version of Amélie, with shadings of pastel blue.
As an indie movie it does quite well, but nothing exceptional either. The actors are doing very well but the rhythm is unequal.
There are already plenty of French movies about high schools in disadvantaged French suburbs, with very expected happy endings. This movie takes some distance from that as it carries on its "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"-kind story. Thanks to this distance we also appreciate better the development of the pupils. The very sudden turn in the pupil's behaviour still looks kind of artificial.
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