Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #8. Serge Bozon’s Madame Hyde

Serge Bozon’s Madame Hyde

Madame Hyde

Director: Serge Bozon
Writer: Serge Bozon

Serge Bozon’s wonky sophomore effort Tip Top was a slapstick comedy skewering racial tension and police procedures in France starring Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlian as a pair of bizarre Internal Affairs officers. Bozon reteams with Huppert for Madame Hyde, a female centric version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, examining the contemporary education system in this story about a teacher whose demeanor changes after she’s struck by lightning. Co-starring Romain Duris (at one point Gerard Depardieu was also attached, but this appears to be no longer the case), this promises to be one of the most original re-imaginings apt to be seen this year (and if you caught Huppert’s performance in Tip Top, which released in US theaters in 2014, then you should be very excited).

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Romain Duris, Jose Garcia

Production Co./Producer(s): Arte France Cinema (Olivier Pere), Les Films Pelleas.

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: Bozon has premiered both his previous films in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes (La France in 2007; Tip Tip in 2013). The increasingly fraught selection of French language titles for the main competition may increase the chances of Bozon returning to the sidebar, but with Huppert in a starring role, you never know. Filming was completed in early November 2016, so it should be ready in time.

Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for IONCINEMA.com, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)