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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #8. 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.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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