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A charming, easygoing portrait of a bunch of characters in a Marseilles neighborhood...
Guediguian is a smooth enough director, but it's his casting and some episodes in the screenplay that transfix us.
The environment is squalid, the politics naive, the humor fey (and not funny), the narrative barely there.
There's no question that Jeannette is a richly imagined character, and Ascariade knows exactly how to capture all her moods. But the other people here are largely defined by a trait or two or a political statement.
Marius and Jeannette is a sentimental fantasy of French left-wing working-class life, so cheerful and idealized that I expected the characters to break into song.
a study of the difficulties working-class love faces when confronted with unemployment, past betrayals, and a deteriorating social structure
The film is heavy with political subtext, but the plot is lukewarm comedy.
A masterfully directed French film about a love affair between two middle-aged people.
...a thinly disguised fable about the superiority of 'the simple life,' but ultimately it says nothing.
The characters in Marius and Jeannette are its strongest selling point...
If you're easily charmed by stories featuring nutty folks playing Cupid for troubled lovers, you may find this French comedy enchanting. If eccentricity alone doesn't usually persuade you to buy a ticket, 'Marius' is 102 missable minutes.
I haven't seen or heard from Robert Guediguian in awhile which is a real shame. I enjoyed his slice of life treatments of Marseilles and the humanity of its residents. This was the crowning jewel.
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