Marguerite & Julien (Marguerite et Julien) (2016)

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Forbidden passion blazes between a brother and sister in this sexually delirious, rock 'n' roll romance. Working from a script originally written for François Truffaut, boundary-pushing director Valérie Donzelli spins a deliciously dark adult fairy tale in which the relationship between aristocratic siblings Marguerite (Anais Demoustier) and Julien (Jeremie Elkaim) goes from playfully flirtatious to passionately erotic-an affair that tests the limits of what society will accept. A provocative fable about what we're willing to risk for love,Marguerite & Julien is a one-of-a-kind romance that transcends time, reason, and moral boundaries

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Cast

Anaïs Demoustier
as Marguerite de Ravalet
Jérémie Elkaïm
as Julien de Ravalet
Aurelia Petit
as Madame de Ravalet
Frédéric Pierrot
as Jean de Ravalet
Bastien Bouillon
as Philippe de Ravalet
Sami Frey
as Abbé de Hambye
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Critic Reviews for Marguerite & Julien (Marguerite et Julien)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

An overheated but haunting, strangely involving tale inspired by the doomed romance between real-life aristocratic French siblings circa 1600.

Mar 3, 2016 | Full Review…

The excruciating experience of "Marguerite & Julien" need only be endured by viewers with an obsessive interest in the least constructive aesthetic currents in contemporary French cinema.

Feb 26, 2016 | Full Review…

The wan narrative at hand fails on several levels, including an annoying amount of intentional anachronistic details that detract rather enhance.

Feb 26, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Marguerite & Julien's romance is a non-item, but Donzelli sprinkles it with faux naiveté, which has the aftertaste of an artificial sweetener. Who would ever want to see this movie?

Feb 25, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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.

Feb 23, 2016 | Full Review…

It's just downright odd and doesn't work.

Dec 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marguerite & Julien (Marguerite et Julien)

Donzelli doesn't seem to have any idea what to do with this incestuous Romeo & Juliet story and creates the worst kind of melodramatic soap opera, apparently thinking that it is super cool to make use of gratuitous anachronisms, pretentious tableaux vivants and corny "meaningful" glances.

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