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My Afternoons with Margueritte (2011)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 9

It's sentimental and treacly, but that's not enough to prevent My Afternoons with Margueritte from being truly affecting.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 4

It's sentimental and treacly, but that's not enough to prevent My Afternoons with Margueritte from being truly affecting.



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My Afternoons with Margueritte is the story of life's random encounters. In a small French town, Germain, a nearly illiterate man in his 50's and considered to be the village idiot by his friends at the local bistro, takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Marguerite, a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She's articulate, highly intelligent and frail. Between Germain and Margueritte, there are 40 years and 200 pounds difference. Germain is lured by


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Jean Becker, Jean-Loup Dabadie

Jun 19, 2012


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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (9)

A sweet puff of a film, My Afternoons With Margueritte is as disarming as it is absurd.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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[Depardieu] is as emblematic of his country as Tom Hanks is of ours, and "My Afternoons With Margueritte" is his "Forrest Gump." Only better.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The happy ending lays it on too thick, but what the hell: In for a dime, in for a dollar.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A predictable, undernourished love story.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (2)
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It's a lovely movie.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's determined to look on the bright side. The film isn't about the actor's intelligence. It's about his emotional radiance.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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No será una gran película, pero es un raro ejemplar en estos días cuyo hallazgo produce un placer inusual. Gérard Depardieu ofrece una actuación conmovedora.

January 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

There's no reason this cliché-ridden French drama should work, but it does, and there's the beauty of it.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

a small charming film that only the French could create.

November 2, 2011 Full Review Source:

Casadesus - at 97, a French national treasure who has been wowing stage and screen audiences since the 1930s - tenderly manages to make great literature sound like conversation, and vice versa.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Only the good aspects of traditional village culture concern writer-director Jean Becker, who aims for charm rather than profundity, and hits the bull's-eye with this leisurely film.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

It's a lovely French character study.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The two actors and director/co-writer Jean Becker treat it as if it were a masterpiece. And maybe it is.

October 6, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

There isn't much to Jean Becker's movie, but what there is, is charming... You won't regret spending eighty minutes not only with Marguerite but with Germain, too.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Subtly sweet and compassionate, appealing to art-house filmgoers of a certain age.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

A movie the likes of which the Nouvelle Vague was supposed to have disposed decades ago.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian | Comments (3)

Though mostly sunny, Afternoons has its chills.

September 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for My Afternoons with Margueritte

An oaf (Gerard Depardieu) forms an unlikely friendship with a 95-year old woman who sees the intelligence buried inside of him. This sweet, literate character study will play well for it's target audience of little old ladies, but less well for its secondary audience of semi-literate lummoxes.
January 18, 2012
Greg S

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'My Afternoons With Margueritte'. Sweet, charming, filled with moments of oddball humour, and two lovable leading performances!

In Depardieu's last monologue, he said something like "it's not a typical love story, but the 'love' and 'tenderness' are there"; I couldn't agree more. For once, I wanted a happy ending, and I'm glad I got it.
May 3, 2011

Super Reviewer

As a freelance handyman, Germain(Gerard Depardieu) leads an up and down life. On the down side, there is trying to get money out of clients for a completed job, writing his name on a war memorial and living in a trailer in clear sight of his domineering mother(Claire Maurier). At least, Annette(Sophie Guillemin), a much younger bus driver who he is dating, will spend the night with him there. As far as his afternoons go, there is Margueritte(Gisele Casadesus), an elderly woman who befriends him over lunch one day in the park.

"My Afternoons with Margueritte" is a touching slice of life movie that is helped by a thoroughly lived in performance from Gerard Depardieu. As the movie states eloquently, it is about love in all of its forms, including between generations.(I still think it is weird to be called 'young man' this side of 40.) A special emphasis is given to a love of literature. For the record, Germain is not stupid, nor really slow, just uneducated, which may not be surprising considering his bad experiences with the educational system when he was growing up. And you can see what might have happened if he had a good teacher to guide him in the first place.
September 22, 2013
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A thoroughly delightful little film that reminded this viewer of the inspiration he received from his grandmother that has resulted in a lifelong love of reading. Germaine (Gerard Depardieu) is a lovable oaf, with a beautiful girlfriend, a crazy mother, and a group of "friends" who delight in mocking him. Margueritte ("with two T's!") is an elderly woman who introduces Germain to the wonder of the written word after a chance meeting on a park bench. The relationship that developed between these two was juxtaposed against Germain's childhood, revealed in flashbacks, that was marked by emotional abuse from his mother and the cruel torment inflicted by a teacher. We also get to see the reaction of his friends who find him less willing to endure their taunts. This one hit all the right notes and is one I will enjoy watching again.
July 11, 2012
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

    1. Margueritte: My name is Marguerite. With two 't's.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Germain Chazes: [to Marguerite] Come here often?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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