A sweet puff of a film, My Afternoons With Margueritte is as disarming as it is absurd.
| Original Score: B
[Depardieu] is as emblematic of his country as Tom Hanks is of ours, and "My Afternoons With Margueritte" is his "Forrest Gump." Only better.
| Original Score: 3/4
The happy ending lays it on too thick, but what the hell: In for a dime, in for a dollar.
A predictable, undernourished love story.
| Original Score: 1/4
It's a lovely movie.
It's determined to look on the bright side. The film isn't about the actor's intelligence. It's about his emotional radiance.
The film is leisurely paced, as many French films are, and not much actually happens, but as a character study, it feels true, and ultimately moving.
| Original Score: 4/5
By the time the film ends, you'll honestly believe you've just spent a languid afternoon in a lovely coastal village, and with excellent company.
| Original Score: 3/5
The story is sentimental and slight, but the chemistry between Depardieu and Casadesus makes up for any faults.
This little gem is all about the nature of chance encounters and how they can change us in unexpected ways.
It rarely rises above the pedestrian.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
An appealing coming-of-middle-age comedy, My Afternoons With Margueritte exhibits a pleasantly light touch even when dealing with some fairly weighty issues.
An affable reminder that the French are just as capable of making cornball cinema as any Hollywood studio.
That so many of the colossal yokel's mental states are literalized, as when the screen fills with thousands of rats while Margueritte reads Camus's The Plague aloud to her new pal, typifies the movie's antipathy to nuance.
A heaping pile of cliches doesn't prevent this touchingly simplistic tale from exuding a strong and universal emotional appeal.
There is a sweet chemistry between Depardieu and Casadesus, but their wry interactions are lost within a rambling, frothy non-story that aims squarely for the heart over the head.
| Original Score: 2/5