Thursday, February 5, 2009

Isabelle Adjani sheds glamour for classroom drama

PARIS (Reuters) – Isabelle Adjani plays a teacher struggling to control a mutinous class of teenagers in a new film, being shown at the Berlin Film Festival, that takes one of French cinema's most celebrated beauties to a rundown school.

"La journee de la jupe" (Skirt Day) deals with the tensions over immigration, education and race that have haunted France since the 2005 riots that blew up in the shadow of the grim towerblocks that ring many French cities.

"I didn't think about it all. I accepted immediately," Adjani, whose father was Algerian and who has often spoken out on issues such as immigration, told Reuters in an interview.

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