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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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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.
"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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