Marie's Story

2015

Marie's Story (2015)

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At the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential, and despite her Mother Superior's skepticism, vows to bring the wild young thing out of the darkness into which she was born. Based on true events, Marie's Story recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love. (C) Film Movement

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Isabelle Carré
as Soeur Marguerite
Ariana Rivoire
as Marie Heurtin
Brigitte Catillon
as Mère supérieure
Noémie Churlet
as Soeur Raphaëlle
Gilles Treton
as M. Heurtin
Laure Duthilleul
as Mme Heurtin
Martine Gautier
as Soeur Véronique
Patricia Legrand
as Soeur Joseph
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

This film is beautiful in its dappled-sunshine light, and powerful in the story of transformation that it tells.

Jun 18, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

At its most provocative, it suggests a tension between spirit and flesh in the nun's maternal feelings. Rather than examine that friction, Améris pushes the narrative in predictable directions.

May 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Milks the tears in the home stretch, making little effort to hold the melodrama at bay. The result is a story that everyone can feel great about feeling terrible about.

May 21, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Though based on a remarkable true story, this clichéd tear-jerker is barely interested in Marguerite's revolutionary teaching methods, focusing instead on the intensity of her connection to Marie.

Apr 30, 2015 | Full Review…

Both [stars] have radiant smiles, illuminating every moment of understanding or empathy. Their rapport warms the movie as surely as the opening scene's sun.

Apr 30, 2015 | Full Review…
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Améris keeps the film tightly focused on the relationship between the two talented actresses, occasionally drawing back to contrast Marie's turbulent early days with the beauty of the French countryside.

Apr 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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