“Isabelle Huppert plays a double role in Serge Bozon’s rich, strange comic thriller, very freely adapted from the Robert Louis Stevenson story ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.’ Mrs. Hyde features Huppert as a bullied physics professor at a Paris university. After being struck by lightning, she acquires a second persona that strikes fear into those around her. The film is a deadpan, atmospheric triumph from Bozon (Tip Top), one of the most original talents in contemporary French cinema.” —Metrograph, New York

“In addition to often being quite funny, Serge Bozon’s fifth feature and second consecutive Isabelle Huppert vehicle is an exemplary film about pedagogy, perhaps one of the great ones about intuition, and one of the strangest screen interpretations of Robert Louis Stevenson’s seminal 1886 science-fiction/horror tale ‘The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.’” —Cinema Scope

“Morphs into a wild science-fiction comedy, complete with simple but spectacular special effects ... With his antics, Bozon offers a philosophical vision, presenting a model of authentic progress that’s also a model of authentic regression.” —New Yorker

“Like her luminous paleness, offset by almost flaming red hair, Huppert’s body on film can be seen as fiercely lean or nearly brittle, a duality Madame Hyde subtly draws upon for its unusual and quite amusing pedagogic version of R.L. Stevenson’s archetype. Huppert is off-set or set against a mostly black and Arab classroom uninterested in the factual mysteries of science, a small, aging white woman uneasy at the lack of respect before her. To help them and help herself, she must be transformed.” —MUBI's Notebook

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Serge Bozon
French with English subtitles
Running Time
95 minutes
Digital, Color