Marguerite (2015)

Marguerite (2015)

Marguerite (2015)

Catherine Frot (The Dinner Game) stars as a clueless aspiring opera singer in this French period dramedy set in the 1920s.

"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." (Venice Film Festival)

2015Rating: M, Sex scenes, offensive language, nudity & drug use127 minsFrance, Czech Republic, BelgiumFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Florence Foster Jenkins took the tale of the tone-deaf English Diva, cast Meryl Streep, and spun it into an amusing delight. Inspired by the same true story, French movie Marguerite also places a powerhouse actress in the lead, with Catherine Frot delivering a multi-faceted performance as eccentric songstress Marguerite Dupont (the same name as the actress who played the rich lady routinely flattered and fleeced in Marx Brothers movies).

4.0

An operatic performance of pride’s folly.

The comedy of manners is the weapon of choice for satirising the wealthy and powerful. Its favourite target is vanity, like in the fairy tale Emperor’s New Clothes where a vain ruler is fooled into believing that beautiful garments have been made for him only to display his pompous nakedness for all to see. The narrative of Marguerite (2015) is framed...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Cover your ears and open your hearts: In French director Xavier Giannoli’s pitch-perfect comedy of manners, “Marguerite,” a shameless chanteuse with a surplus of money and a shortage of talent buys her way into the spotlight...

Time Out

Time Out

press

This is sombre, artful and winningly ambiguous.

4.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

In the end, Marguerite isn’t a comedy so much as a love story. True love, it seems, isn’t just blind; it must be deaf, too.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Giannoli and Frot ensure that Marguerite is never the butt of the joke. On the contrary, she embodies something admirably unruly - a devotion to music that transcends the stifling disappointments of real life.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's a film that relies on our sympathy for her and she flawlessly commands it, without ever resorting to sentimentality.

4.0
The Australian

The Australian

press

Despite its longueurs, offers much to enjoy, particularly Frot's ripe, passionate performance.

Stuff

Stuff

press

The irony is, the French film feels more honest, human and believable than the American one ever did.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A thoughtful examination of an unusual, deeply eccentric woman.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Xavier Giannoli offers up an amusingly entertaining portrait of fortune, infamy and severe melodic dysfunction in the polished French period dramedy, Marguerite.

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Florence Foster Jenkins took the tale of the tone-deaf English Diva, cast Meryl Streep, and spun it into an amusing delight. Inspired by the same true story, French movie Marguerite also places a powerhouse actress in the lead, with Catherine Frot delivering a multi-faceted performance as eccentric songstress Marguerite Dupont (the same name as the actress who played the rich lady routinely flattered and fleeced in Marx Brothers movies).

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Cover your ears and open your hearts: In French director Xavier Giannoli’s pitch-perfect comedy of manners, “Marguerite,” a shameless chanteuse with a surplus of money and a shortage of talent buys her way into the spotlight...

Time Out

Time Out

press

This is sombre, artful and winningly ambiguous.

4.0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

In the end, Marguerite isn’t a comedy so much as a love story. True love, it seems, isn’t just blind; it must be deaf, too.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Giannoli and Frot ensure that Marguerite is never the butt of the joke. On the contrary, she embodies something admirably unruly - a devotion to music that transcends the stifling disappointments of real life.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's a film that relies on our sympathy for her and she flawlessly commands it, without ever resorting to sentimentality.

4.0
The Australian

The Australian

press

Despite its longueurs, offers much to enjoy, particularly Frot's ripe, passionate performance.

Stuff

Stuff

press

The irony is, the French film feels more honest, human and believable than the American one ever did.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A thoughtful examination of an unusual, deeply eccentric woman.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Xavier Giannoli offers up an amusingly entertaining portrait of fortune, infamy and severe melodic dysfunction in the polished French period dramedy, Marguerite.

An operatic performance of pride’s folly.

The comedy of manners is the weapon of choice for satirising the wealthy and powerful. Its favourite target is vanity, like in the fairy tale Emperor’s New Clothes where a vain ruler is fooled into believing that beautiful garments have been made for him only to display his pompous nakedness for all to see. The narrative of Marguerite (2015) is framed...

4.0