My Afternoons with Marguerrite (La Tête en friche) (Version française)
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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.
One of (Gerard Depardieu's) best performances. -- Brendan Kelly, Montreal Gazette
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I am happy to say that I enjoyed it very much.
"My afternoons with Marguerrite" is a delightful movie that I recommend to anyone who likes happy endings.
One thing that mislead me was that the movie had a fair amount of profanity which was not listed on the box!
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L'histoire est très agréable quoiqu'un peu bonbon au sucre, mais les acteurs la rendent prenante et attendrissante. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2012 by Pierre Roy