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"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.
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?Read more ›
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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Quite a strong film showing what is faced in our schools, and Skirt Day is a "walk in the park" by comparison. Teachers I know could not watch this film. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. Lester
Such an excellent film, and it provides a fascinating look into conditions in French schools today in terms of the Muslim students and their attitudes as they attempt to define... Read morePublished 14 months ago by CMCM
This is what is happening in schools these days. I am glad France came up with this sad issue in this movie that needs our attention.Published on December 21, 2013 by mohammad qureshi
Every inch of this movie is great until the ending. It's a shame. I love Isabella, she is great and she had an excellent supporting cast. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Bugs