The Tournees Festival - Madame Hyde (2017)

Presented by The Department of Foreign Languages Ashland University
January 14-29, 2020 (All films begin at 7:00 p.m.)
Ronk Lecture Hall (Schar College of Education)
Free admission for AU students, faculty, staff, and the general public Presented in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences

This loose adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde transplants Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale to a high school in a tough Paris suburb and infuses it with a surprising mix of B-movie chills, dry humor, and contemporary reality. Isabelle Huppert stars as the meek but devoted physics teacher Mme. Géquil, a helpless idealist who undergoes an explosive transformation after being struck by lightning in her makeshift lab. The ensuing drama confirms writer-director Serge Bozon’s position as one of the most idiosyncratic talents in the contemporary French cinema, a filmmaker one might describe as a brilliant polymath whose fluency in classic film allows him to elegantly juggle comedic and dramatic elements in service of a tone that is uniquely his, both passionate and caustic, poetic and quotidian, contemporary and in the tradition of the great genre pictures of the past.

Support for the Tournees Festival is provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States / Centre National de la Cinématographie et l’Image Animée Campus France USA / Florence Gould Foundation / highbrow entertainment.

Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 7:00pm

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