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Skirt Day (2009)

Isabelle Adjani , Denis Podalydes , Jean-Paul Lilienfeld  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Isabelle Adjani, Denis Podalydes, Yann Collette
  • Directors: Jean-Paul Lilienfeld
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041ONFLM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,439 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Isabelle Adjani plays Sonia Bergerac, a teacher at a tough junior high. Despite the principal's warnings, she wears a skirt to work. She simply wants to teach her class but the insults are just too much. Scared and taking antidepressants, Sonia finds a gun in a bag belonging to one of her students. She takes her class hostage, so she can finally teach a proper lesson on Moliere.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Isabelle Adjani shines in her "come-back" March 14, 2011
Isabelle Adjani is a monument in the French movie history. So many memorable roles and movies. But as she enters the latter stages of her career, she's been very picky about what to do, and this movie was the first movie role she chose to take on in 5 years.

"Skirt Day" (La Journee de la Jupe) (88 min., originally released in 2009) brings a politically charged topic: a female teacher wearing a skirt who is teaching in a public school attended almost excusively by Muslim students. The kids are mostly a bunch of thugs and no-goods, from a poor unbringing. Adjani's character at some point flips and can't take the constant abuse anymore, and when by chance a gun is found in one of the student's bags, she takes the class hostage. Things evolve from there, and you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Beware: this is not necessarily a "politically correct" movie (certainly by US standards but also elsewhere), and this movie sturred up quite a controversy upon its release. But what a great movie this turned out to be.

Isabelle Adjani won a record 5th "Best Actress" award for the French equivalent of the Oscars, and it's easy to see why: she simply blows you away with this performance. Meanwhile, I really recommend this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars skirt tastic February 7, 2011
By leigh
Skirt Day is the kind of film that's rarely seen in the states, this film takes a very touchy social subject and really makes you look it in the eye while avoiding stereotypes and clichés. This is one French film that doesn't care who it offends; Isabelle Adjani is fantastic she is unafraid of controversial projects. I say see this film with an open mind.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A mix of "Entre les Murs" ("The Class"), Michael Douglas' "Falling down" and maybe "Negotiator" (2008), this gripping even if unlikely film stars Isabelle Adjani, showing she's a great actress, and Denis Podalydès as "Brigadier Labouret" , who doesn't have to show anything, as a cop with problems at home.

Everybody has an antagonist in life, his Salieri. In this case, our brigadier has Bechet, who wants swift action, "shoot first, think later", style. Labouret, maybe because he knows from experience how things can quickly get out of control, tries to help our beautiful heroine, Sonia Bergerac, a literature teacher in an underprivileged state high school. Isabelle Adjani being born outside France, it's clear why she chose to star this film, and some of her monologues when she's not out of control are of course her "message", like when she tries to educate her unruly pupils about the value of education, how they owe it to their struggling immigrant parents to achieve something for all they've left behind, and how life isn't that tough for students like them, but it's ruthless for those (foreigners) who don't.

The State is represented by Nathalie Besançon, (also playing a classy chief at TV series "Enquêtes réservées") always beautiful, but easily misled, and the school principal "Cauvin", a bureaucrat, like all of his kind, trying to save his skin above everything else.

This film will keep you glued to your seat, it would be a disaster on a lesser actress than Adjani. Unpredictable, out of control, "like an actor who has lost his plot" as others have written. My gripes are two: I would have liked a bit more of screen time to "Mouss", the violent bully, and his pal. What makes them be as they are?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars review of Skirt Day August 31, 2012
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The stunningly beautiful Isabelle Adjani plays a high school teacher who discovers a handgun in one of her student's backpack, and takes the whole class hostage.

It's hard to explain the movie without giving too much away.

Most of the students in the class are not ethnic French. Many (most?) are muslims who think women in skirts are whores. Isabelle wears skirts, and is hassled a lot by her male muslim students. She's trying them how to be French, but they're more interested in their own perverted worldviews. As the national media gets involved and as some of these young criminals kept records of their crimes on their cell phones, their crimes are published to the world.

I'm giving this movie only four out of five stars because I didn't believe the ending.
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