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Marguerite

  • Starring: Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau
  • Director: Xavier Giannoli
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Rating: R
  • Language: French
  • Running Time: 129 min.

1921, the beginning of the Golden Twenties. Not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle. Like every year, an array of music lovers gathers around a great cause at the owner’s place. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. Marguerite sings. She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune. In ways quite similar to the Castafiore, Marguerite has been living her passion in her own bubble, and the hypocrite audience, always coming in for a good laugh, acts as if she was the diva she believes she is. When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. This gives her the courage she needs to follow her dream. Despite her husband’s reluctance, and with the help of a has-been divo, both funny and mean, she decides to train for her first recital in front of a crowd of complete strangers. [Cohen Media Group]

"Marguerite is a shining star, a film that will set you laughing and thinking in equal measure."
- Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Xavier Giannoli offers up an amusingly entertaining portrait of fortune, infamy and severe melodic dysfunction in the polished French period dramedy, Marguerite."
- Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
"Writer-director Xavier Giannoli offers up an amusingly entertaining portrait of fortune, infamy and severe melodic dysfunction in the polished French period dramedy, Marguerite."
- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
"The bittersweet fact that money can buy many things but love and talent aren’t among them is explored with often-thrilling artistry in Marguerite."
- Lisa Nesselson, Screen International
"Marguerite" is a dark delight, a cringe comedy that skirts tragedy throughout, examining delusion, entitlement, denial and the question of whether the truth is essential."
- Tom Long, Detroit News
"Catherine Frot gives a heartrending performance as the title character, an aging baroness in 1920s Paris who feverishly pursues a classical singing career despite her utter lack of talent."
- J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

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