My Afternoons with Marguerite (15)

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Tue Nov 9 2010

This French film doesn’t so much ladle on the syrup as pressure-hose it towards anything and anyone within the frame. Jean Becker’s twee Gallic two-hander sees odd-jobbing rube Germain (Gérard Depardieu, looking like a hay bale in dungarees) receive a series of literary life lessons from little old lady, Margueritte (95-year-old Gisèle Casadesus), who he meets while counting pigeons in the park. Bullied by his friends and his mildly daffy mother, Germain overcomes his grim lot with a bit of hasty self-education and a newfound love and understanding of the written word. It’s basically ‘Educating Rita’, if Rita were French, rotund and Forrest Gump.

As with his does-what-it-says-on-the-tin previous film, ‘Conversations with my Gardener’, Becker whips up a friendly dialogue between two characters who are unconcerned with what society might say about their pairing. There is a sweet chemistry between Depardieu and Casadesus, but their wry interactions are lost within a rambling, frothy non-story that aims squarely for the heart over the head. A score of comic reliefs fill out much of the supporting cast, their main function being to comment on Germain’s late blossoming in case we’d missed it. It’s harmless fun, for sure, but Becker takes that remit as justification not to delve too deeply into the forms of depression and loneliness that can’t be relieved by, say, a heart-to-heart with a cat or  – as is often the case – ‘encore un petit verre de vin blanc!’
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Nov 12, 2010

Duration:

82 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Jean Becker

Screenwriter:

Jean Becker

Cast:

Gérard Depardieu, Gisèle Casadesus, Maurane

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Mike

Loved it. Depardieu was superb. Moving and inspiring. Don't be deterred by cynical critics. This is a feel-good movie with intelligence.

Mike

Loved it. Depardieu was superb. Moving and inspiring. Don't be deterred by cynical critics. This is a feel-good movie with intelligence.

Clint

My wife talked me into seeing this film and I went thinking this would just be another foreign language, boring chick-flick. Not so. I found myself engrossed in these characters and appreciated the opposites attract aspect of the film. I left feeling pretty happy about the story and was equally delighted at its brevity--only an 1 1/2 hours.

Clint

My wife talked me into seeing this film and I went thinking this would just be another foreign language, boring chick-flick. Not so. I found myself engrossed in these characters and appreciated the opposites attract aspect of the film. I left feeling pretty happy about the story and was equally delighted at its brevity--only an 1 1/2 hours.

Bev

If you have the ability to read between the lines, there are many stories in this brilliant film.Wonderful characters to support the main actors. The only film I would give a 5+ in a long while and will see it again.

Bev

If you have the ability to read between the lines, there are many stories in this brilliant film.Wonderful characters to support the main actors. The only film I would give a 5+ in a long while and will see it again.

Annie

Depardieu is a joy to watch. Don't forget this actor has played Cyrano and Marat amongst many other roles - a technically superb actor. This film desreves more than 2 stars!

Annie

Depardieu is a joy to watch. Don't forget this actor has played Cyrano and Marat amongst many other roles - a technically superb actor. This film desreves more than 2 stars!

Lynndy

Yes- it's simplistic and mawkish if that's how you want to view it but I thoroughly enjoyed it and came out of the film theatre feeling uplifted and happy.

Lynndy

Yes- it's simplistic and mawkish if that's how you want to view it but I thoroughly enjoyed it and came out of the film theatre feeling uplifted and happy.

jules

Nice film, you feel happy to have spent some time with those actors.

jules

Nice film, you feel happy to have spent some time with those actors.