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290 Ratings

Marguerite & Julien

Marguerite et Julien

Directed by Valérie Donzelli
France, 2015
Drama, Romance


The story revolves around Julien and Marguerite de Ravalet, the son and daughter of the Lord of Tourlaville, who have had great affection for one another since they were children. But as they grow up, their tender love turns into an all-consuming passion.

Marguerite & Julien Directed by Valérie Donzelli
Jeered upon its premiere in competition at Cannes 2015, where one British critic deemed it “buttock-clenchingly embarrassing,” Marguerite & Julien nonetheless hasn’t quite earned the reputation that precedes it—if it’s too misbegotten to fall head over heels with, it’s also too sensitively wrought to dismiss outright.
February 26, 2016
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If jarring juxtaposition is meant to provide a contemporary sensibility to this period biopic, it’s not as effective as the way cinematographer Céline Bozon captures life at the château and surrounding woods with a vibrant naturalism. The widescreen intimacy of small moments — the flush of a rain-soaked cheek — humanizes Donzelli’s grand folly and the couple who challenge the parameters of morality.
February 23, 2016
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The script, based on a book by Truffaut’s regular writer, Jean Gruault is plump with suggestiveness, actors delivering precise words that quiver as they encircle the loaded facts of the matter. Anaïs Demoustier and Jérémie Elkaïm are perfectly cast. Their physical daintiness flies in the face of the supposed squalor of their actions and their well-matched beauty tempts the camera as they tempt each other.
May 21, 2015
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