Marguerite (2016)


Critic Consensus: Touching, funny, and thoughtful, Marguerite honors its real-life inspiration with a well-acted and ultimately inspirational look at the nature of art and the value of a dream.


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1921, the beginning of the Golden 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. 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.

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André Marcon
as Georges Dumont
Michel Fau
as Atos Pezzini
Denis M'Punga
as Madelbos
Denis M'Punga
as Madelbos
Sylvain Dieuaide
as Lucien Beaumont
Aubert Fenoy
as Kyrill Von Priest
Sophia Leboutte
as Félicité la barbue
Catherine Frot
as Marguerite Dumont
Sofia Leboutte
as Felicity - the Bearded Woman
Astrid Whettnall
as Françoise Bellaire
Vincent Schmitt
as Le médecin
Christian Pereira
as Militaire récital
Martine Pascal
as La colonel
Grégoire Strecker
as Michel Aurenbach
Jean-Yves Tual
as Monsieur Taupe
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All Critics (103) | Top Critics (24)

"Marguerite" is a dark delight, a cringe comedy that skirts tragedy throughout, examining delusion, entitlement, denial and the question of whether the truth is essential.

Apr 8, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Detroit News
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Frot's performance, as a woman so caught up in the joy of music that she doesn't quite understand how bad she is, is particularly delightful, and often quite moving.

Apr 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

We laugh during "Marguerite," but we don't laugh at Marguerite, because somehow director and co-writer Xavier Giannoli persuades us to see in her the universal tragedy.

Mar 31, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Marguerite is a powerful film.

Mar 25, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Catherine Frot gives a heartrending performance as the title character, an aging baroness in 1920s Paris who feverishly pursues a classical singing career despite her utter lack of talent.

Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

It piles too much on its serving plate, and at 129 minutes it's definitely overlong. But it has Frot, an actress with the wise, patient eyes of a cat, and she invests Marguerite with the multiple meanings the rest of the film elegantly fumbles.

Mar 24, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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