Mary Poppins Returns
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This film is beautiful in its dappled-sunshine light, and powerful in the story of transformation that it tells.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marie's Story is still inspiring and hopeful, although the film is underwhelming.
Despite the familiarity of the story, so similar to the one told in "The Miracle Worker", I would defy you not to be moved by the achievements brought about by sheer will and a triumph of the spirit.
Marie's Story is handsomely rendered, with beautiful, saturated colors and visual texture that invites the audience into Marie's world, learned through touch and smell.
Inspirational subtitled film is emotionally intense.
France's answer to The Miracle Worker, Marie's Story is also based on real events, and it is just as much the story of the girl's resolute teacher-like Helen Keller's Annie Sullivan.
Respectfully Catholic and beautifully shot. Isabelle Carre and Ariana Rivoire give stunning, physically rough and tumble performances.
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