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My Afternoons with Marguerrite (La Tête en friche) (Version française)

Gérard Depardieu , Jean Becker    DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Academy Award-nominee Gerard Depardieu stars in this heart-warming, feel-good story as Germain, a barely literate middle-aged man who faces constant ridicule from those around him. But his life takes a turn for the better when he meets Margueritte, an elderly woman with a passion for reading who introduces him to the beautiful world of French literature. With Margueritte's warmth and guidance, Germain develops the maturity and confidence necessary to take control of his destiny, and live the life he's always wanted.

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One of (Gerard Depardieu's) best performances. -- Brendan Kelly, Montreal Gazette


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! Oct. 2 2011
Format:DVD
I just loved this movie. It's all about the small things of life and how friendship can sneak in even when you aren't expecting it. Highly recommended. I have been looking for this movie for over a year and finally found a copy on Canada Amazon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet film in the best sense March 3 2012
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A sweet trifle of a film, taken to a deeper and richer level by two outstanding performances.

Gerard Depardieu, in what must be his 6,000th film still feels fresh and alive as the overweight,
under educated and well meaning laborer who can hardly read, and who strikes up a chance
friendship with the 94 year old Margueritte, played with amazing delicacy and life force by the
wonderful Gisele Casadesus, who was an astounding 95 herself when this was made. Oh that
we all should live so long with such grace.

Marguritte begins reading to the quasi-literate Germain, who finds his interest in reading sparked,
and with it an expanded sense of self. He even finds himself falling in love (in a chaste almost
childlike way) with the still beautiful Margueritte.

Simplistic, sure, sentimental, undoubtedly. But much like Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in
`Driving Miss Daisy' these two actors give performances that make you want to forgive anything
that might otherwise feel trite or too on the nose (e.g. the very literal flashbacks to Germain's childhood).

Not quite a great film, but a charming, sweet, life-affirming and very human one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT movie Dec 27 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
wow! what a movie! absolutely loved it. makes you laugh and cry, but makes sure you pay attention, in French or with subtitles. recommending it absolutely!
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