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6.3
/10
126 Ratings

Marguerite

Directed by Xavier Giannoli
France, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

1921, the beginning of the Roaring 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.

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Marguerite Directed by Xavier Giannoli

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Nazareno Taddei Award

César Awards

2016 | 4 wins including: Best Costume Design

2016 | 6 nominations including: Best Director

Lumiere Awards

2016 | 3 nominations including: Best Film

2016 | Winner: Best Actress

Magritte Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film in Co-Production

Given the extreme empathy that Giannoli shows for his laughing-stock leading lady, it feels cruel to report that his life, while not fully imitating his art, possesses a shadow of a parallel. Marguerite suffers from a storytelling tameness that erodes the power of its subject.
March 18, 2016
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Marguerite is not afraid to laugh at its title character, but, and this is credit to both Giannoli and Frot, the film does not ask the audience to sneer at her… If someone had said to Marguerite early on, “Listen. You can’t sing,” would it have made a difference? Would she have been happy? But Marguerite is undeniably happy when she sings. It’s an ethical quandary, one the film has a lot of fun exploring.
March 11, 2016
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Certainly, as Dumont, Catherine Frot grasps the character’s tragic essence, delivering a performance that poignantly elucidates the yearning inner child behind the self-delusion. Whether the director fully supports Frot’s empathy, however, is more difficult to assess.
March 09, 2016
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