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Florence Foster Jenkins movie review: don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear

6 May 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

When Ffj sticks to farce, it works wonderfully, like something P.G. Wodehouse might have loved. But the longer it goes on, the more maudlin it gets. I’m “biast” (pro): like star Meryl Streep and director Stephen Frears; desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Typical. You wait forever for a movie about Florence Foster Jenkins, and then two come along at once. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’d never heard of Jenkins before this film entered my radar a few months back, but it’s easy to see what drew multiple filmmakers to her: She’s a great story. Jenkins was a real person, a rich socialite and music lover who lived in New York in the early 20th century and enjoyed performing amateur operatics, which is all well and good, except she was a terrible singer: always off-key, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ Review: Meryl Streep Achieves Greatness as an Awful Singer

13 April 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The story of terrible opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins is such a good one, you wonder why it has never been told on screen before. I recall a 2005, Olivier-nominated West End stage adaptation called “Glorious,” starring Maureen Lipman, but now, with that strange synchronicity peculiar only to cinema and London buses, two movie versions about the wealthy Manhattan prima donna come along at once. Xavier Giannoli’s fictionalised and stylized account, “Marguerite,” has been charming French audiences for a while now, earning its actress Catherine Frot a deserved Cesar in the process. Now comes Stephen Frears‘ more historically faithful “Florence. »

- Jason Solomons

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Movie Review: Marguerite

8 April 2016 6:38 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

“Music is the stuff of dreams,” declares a psychic medium in the heart-struck 2015 French film, Marguerite. Parisian opera singer Marguerite (Catherine Frot) lives in a dream world as a venerated soprano, and we are acutely aware of our participation as voyeurs; our vision, by contrast, is startlingly awake, or in other words, realist. I nearly longed to feel the inside of her madly constructed and confident world, where music wallpapers every encounter and sits at the heart of each relationship. Yet, it was exhilarating to be carried as a bystander, which, of course, is the deliverance of the film’s director, Xavier Giannoli. His prior films have dealt with elements of con, uncovering emotion, and the arts, particularly music.

Giannoli injects a punchy nuance to the fourth wall with Marguerite. The film’s characters and audience (us) are united, because we know she cannot sing. Marguerite believes she can and »

- Dina Paulson

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Marguerite Movie Review

3 April 2016 9:58 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Marguerite Cohen Media Group Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: A- Director:  Xavier Giannoli Written by:  Xavier Giannoli, Marcia Romano Cast: Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau, Christa Théret, Denis Mpunga, Sylvain Dieuaide, Aubert Fenoy, Sophie Leboutte, Theo Cholbi Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/3/16 Opens:  March 11, 2016 I’ll bet you like to sing in the shower?  Why?  Because you sound terrific.  You have fallen in love with your own voice.  That’s because singers don’t really hear their own voices as others hear them.  Nowadays it’s easy to record yourself, and a quick chorus in front of a Sony ICDPX333 voice recorder would quickly  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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Marguerite movie review: is ignorance bliss?

31 March 2016 3:17 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A bravura dramedy that beautifully balances tragedy and comedy and asks a tricky question: Is it better to be cynical about art, or happily undiscriminating? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Very loosely inspired by the dubious art of American amateur opera signer Florence Foster Jenkins — soon to be the subject of a Stephen Frears biopic starring Meryl StreepMarguerite is a marvel, a bravura dramedy that beautifully balances tragedy and comedy to the point where you can’t be sure which is which.

In Paris, 1920, socialite Marguerite Dumont (Catherine Frot, who won the César, the French Oscar, for her performance) does not see the sarcasm in a review by newspaper music critic Lucien Beaumont (Sylvain Dieuaide) of her screeching operatic performance at a private charity event. An ardent music lover and profoundly passionate collector of theatrical costumes, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Tall order by Anne-Katrin Titze

27 March 2016 8:12 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Emmanuelle Bercot's smile Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Emmanuelle Bercot's Cannes Film Festival opener, upright Standing Tall (La Tête Haute) starring Catherine Deneuve, Sara Forestier, with César winning performances by Rod Parodot and Benoît Magimel, co-written by Marcia Romano (Xavier Giannoli's collaborating writer on Marguerite), screened at Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York along with Maïwenn's My King (Mon Roi), in which Bercot shines with Vincent Cassel, Two Friends (Deux amis) director Louis Garrel and Isild Le Besco.

Malony with his mother Séverine (Sara Forestier): "He is not protected by the adult in his life…"

Abdellatif Kechiche's L'esquive (Games Of Love And Chance), Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's fairy tales, Sara Forestier in Katell Quillévéré's Suzanne, using a landscape to breathe, writing the story, the actors helping to create their characters, casting baby faces and being given a second chance entered into our conversation. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Marguerite Review

25 March 2016 6:43 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

French actress Catherine Frot gives a touching, masterful performance as the title character in director Xavier Giannoli’s tragicomic Marguerite. The lavish 1920s costume film centers on a wealthy baroness who loves music and fancies herself an opera singer. The problem is that she cannot sing and seems unable to hear her own off-key screeching. With her great wealth, generous support of causes and social position, no one tells her the truth.

Marguerite is a fictional film but the title character was inspired by real person, Florence Foster Jenkins, an American heiress famous for her awful singing and delusional belief in her talents who gave invitation-only concerts in elaborate costumes, which audiences viewed with a “so bad its good” appreciation. A biopic about Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and directed by Stephen Frears, is due out later this year.

Giannoli and co-writer Marcia Romano move their story to 1921 France – the Roaring Twenties. »

- Cate Marquis

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Celebrating the absurd by Anne-Katrin Titze

25 March 2016 6:09 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Xavier Giannoli on the lie of Charlie Chaplin: "Everything is true in the Dada performance." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Tristan Tzara, Margaret Dumont and Groucho Marx, Robert Redford as Denys Finch Hatton in Sydney Pollack's Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen, Salieri and Mozart in Milos Forman's Amadeus, and Caruso the peacock helped to compose Xavier Giannoli's Marguerite, starring Catherine Frot with André Marcon, Aubert Fenoy, Michel Fau, Denis Mpunga, Sylvain Dieuaide and Christa Théret.

Meryl Streep in Stephen Frears' Florence Foster Jenkins, the next Steven Spielberg, Jeff Nichols, Midnight Special in Paris, Broadway Danny Rose, Woody Allen and Danny Kaye in Carnegie Deli and Carnegie Hall in New York excited the director during our conversation.

Hazel (Christa Théret) singing with Nedda (Petra Nesvacilová)

Anne-Katrin Titze: When did you first hear of Florence Foster Jenkins?

Xavier Giannoli: 15 years ago on the radio. I heard this »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Marguerite review – tragicomic bid for stardom

20 March 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The true story of a tone-deaf wealthy music lover who wants to be an opera star is painfully poignant

A César award-winning performance by Catherine Frot as the tone-deaf Marguerite Dumont drives a tragicomic tale of a wealthy but lonely music lover who proves that “singers can’t hear themselves”. Inspired by the real-life figure of Florence Foster Jenkins (also the subject of Stephen Frears’s forthcoming film starring Meryl Streep), this engagingly compassionate fable from writer-director Xavier Giannoli (The Singer, Superstar) opens at a private party in September 1920, where wannabe opera star Marguerite scares children under tables with a voice that is “divinely off-key – sublimely, wildly!” Cold-shouldered by a husband who sees her as “a freak”, Marguerite is embraced by opportunists and anarchists who hear in her voice the sound of someone trying to “exorcise an inner demon” – a review she takes as a compliment. An elaborate conspiracy to »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Finding salvation by Anne-Katrin Titze

18 March 2016 2:50 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Jeff Nichols: "Who doesn't want to follow Sam Shepard around?" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Marguerite director Xavier Giannoli told me that on Paris posters for Midnight Special, Jeff Nichols is proclaimed the new Steven Spielberg. At the Warner Bros. tea, hosted by Michael Shannon with Kirsten Dunst and Jaeden Lieberher, I spoke with the director about following Sam Shepard, Adam Driver in Saverio Costanzo's Hungry Hearts and Erin Benach's costumes. She also worked with Derek Cianfrance on The Place Beyond The Pines and his upcoming The Light Between Oceans, starring Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz. I told Jeff that Guillaume Nicloux's Valley Of Love, starring Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu would make for a interesting supernatural companion piece to his film.

Sam Shepard as Calvin Meyer: "Their belief system that they built around the boy is very selfish."

In a spectacular race against time, often in the dark, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Film Review: Marguerite

17 March 2016 8:46 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ There certainly ain't no business like show business. Or amateur operatics for that matter. Eccentric, philanthropic baroness Marguerite Dumont (Catherine Frot) has dedicated her life to music and performing for an entourage of vacuous, superficially adoring high society friends. The fly in the ointment here, however, is that Marguerite is woefully tone-deaf, delusional in her self-belief of a supreme talent which years of false adulation have instilled. Transposed to post-First World War France, Xavier Giannoli draws on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the American soprano who performed behind closed doors before an ill-advised Carnegie Hall appearance.


- CineVue UK

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Director Xavier Giannoli on Marguerite, talent competitions, and Florence Foster Jenkins

17 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

You wouldn’t be able to tell from the title, but Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite is based on the story of Florence Foster Jenkins – also the subject of the forthcoming Stephen Frears biopic starring Meryl Streep in the title role. Though the latter comes with more pedigree, it will take a special production to better this

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- Stefan Pape

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Marguerite Review

16 March 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Loosely based on the true story of New York heiress Florence Foster Jenkins, Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite’s tale is darkly comic and, unlike the protagonist, hits just the right notes, managing to be both heartwarming and tragic. Catherine Frot’s performance as the eponymous star is nothing short of brilliant, epitomised in the fact she claimed the

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Perfect pitch by Anne-Katrin Titze

12 March 2016 5:32 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Xavier Giannoli: "The importance of Billy Wilder for me was tenderness and cruelty." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

My conversation with the Marguerite director ranged from Erik Satie's food habits, Salieri in Milos Forman's Amadeus, tribute to Jean Renoir's The Rules Of The Game, John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King, Erich von Stroheim in Sunset Boulevard, Robert Redford in Sydney Pollack's Out Of Africa and Karen Blixen, Meryl Streep in Stephen Frears' Florence Foster Jenkins, Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose, Danny Kaye and the Carnegie Deli, Charlie Chaplin, Tristan Tzara to Margaret Dumont and the Marx Brothers.

Catherine Frot as Marguerite: "It's the story of a woman who needs love."

When I brought up Michael Shannon and Jeff Nichols' latest film, Midnight Special (after Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter and Mud), Xavier Giannoli said that in Paris there are posters »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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[Review] Marguerite

10 March 2016 11:41 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Though she was popular nearly a century ago, Florence Foster Jenkins feels particularly relevant to modern art’s ongoing dialogue with awfulness as a version of the sublime. In another world, Xavier Giannoli’s prickly tragicomedy Marguerite could easily be an exercise in self-loathing in the same fashion as Rick Alverson’s films, but instead it’s a film whose virtues lies in a fierce neutrality towards its own subject. Even the characters who appear to be the most transparently kind or evil contain multitudes, and the film becomes a constant examination of its own tone.

As such, Marguerite is frantic and compellingly unpredictable, even as it heads into comfortable territory. Loosely based on the life of Jenkins, a ’20s-era socialite and Opera singer renowned for her supernaturally abhorrent voice (here’s a recording of her murdering every poor note of Mozart’s Der Hölle Rache), Marguerite follows Marguerite Dumont »

- Michael Snydel

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UniFrance Launches First French Film Market at Miami Fest

8 March 2016 9:37 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

UniFrance, the French film promotion org, is launching the first edition of Mercado del Cine Frances, a mini-mart hosted this week during Miami Intl. Film Festival.

As part of the mini-mart, UniFrance is organizing 26 screenings of French films in theaters of the Regal chain. The first edition has drawn 17 French sales agents including Wild Bunch, Le Bureau, Elle Driver, Le Pacte, Bac, Gaumont, Snd and Versatile, and 27 Latin American distributors, including Mexico’s Mantarraya and Nueva Era Films, which organizes a French Film Tour all year around in Mexico and central America, Brazil’s Imovision, Argentina’s Cdi and Cine Colombia.

The Mercato is part of our strategy to organized targeted events in key markets around the world — we already have the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, New York, Seoul and Tokyo,” said Gilles Renouard, managing director of UniFrance. “The Latin American is growing very rapidly — Mexico actually boasts »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Marguerite | Review

7 March 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sing the Body Apoplectic: Giannoli Pays Thanks to the Music

French director Xavier Giannoli borrows an obscure piece of American pop culture for his latest feature, Marguerite, a 1920s Parisian high society dramedy based loosely on the life and career of New England socialite Florence Foster Jenkins. Oblivious to her glaring lack of talent, the wealthy soprano was the source of rampant ridicule, her folly reaching an unmitigated apotheosis following a sold-out Carnegie Hall performance in an instance of truth being stranger than fiction. Resting beautifully on the masterful shoulders of Catherine Frot, an oft-Cesar nominated actress who hasn’t had the deserving international acclaim she’s due, the film’s success hinges delicately on her performance, even with a cadre of supporting players otherwise subjugated to empathetic cliché or predictably reprehensible conduct.

Marguerite Dumont (Frot) has staged a benefit concert at her home, a sprawling chateau outside of Paris. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Watch: César Winner 'Marguerite' Will Make You Cringe in Hilarious Exclusive Clip

1 March 2016 11:13 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What happens when you take a Shakespearean aside just a few steps too far? That's the ironic dilemma that acclaimed director Xavier Giannoli poses to his audience in his latest film, "Marguerite." Loosely based on both the personal life and professional singing career of American noble Florence Foster Jenkins, the film tells the tale of eccentric socialite Marguerite Dumont, played by award-winning actress Catherine Frot, as she aspires to become a revered and publicly adored opera diva. Read More: Watch: 'Marguerite' Hits a High Note in Feel-Good Trailer for Festival Sensation Set in the Roaring Twenties in Paris, the frivolous and free-spirited Marguerite spends her days hosting extravagant opera renditions in her opulent mansion, complete with gaudy costumes and an extensive orchestra. The debutante sings vivaciously and whole-heartedly, and no one has the courage to break the news to Marguerite: She sucks at singing.  When a young, »

- Riyad Mammadyarov

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Immigrant tale 'Fatima' wins best film at France's Césars

27 February 2016 3:08 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Big winners also included Oscar nominee Mustang and local box office hit Margurite.

Philippe Faucon’s contemporary immigrant drama Fatima won best film at France’s César ceremony in Paris on Friday, beating hot favourites Marguerite, My Golden Years, and Oscar nominee Mustang as well as Palme d’Or winner Dheepan.

The picture — based on the semi-autobiographical works of Fatima Elayoubi about an illiterate North African woman adapting to life in France — also won Césars for best upcoming actress for Zita Hanot and best adaptation for Faucon.  

As was the case last year, when Abderrahmane Sissako’s timely exploration of Islamic extremism of Timbuktu swept the board, the votes of 4,276-strong César academy appear to have been influenced in part by events in France, which like many countries across Europe is preoccupied with immigration and the reality of its ethnic minorities.

Other winners on Friday night included foreign language Oscar nominee Mustang and local box office hit [link »

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Cesar Awards: 'Fatima' Takes Three Prizes

26 February 2016 5:44 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As expected, at Friday night's Cesar awards in Paris, Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima,” about a single mother emigre from Morrocco raising a family and working as a maid, took home three prizes: Best Film, Breakout Actress and Adapted Screenplay. Like Jacques Audiard's Cannes winning "Dheepan" (which was nominated for several awards but went home empty-handed), the movie resonates with the immigrant issues straining Europe right now. Kino Lorber will release the film stateside. Best Female Newcomer went to the film's  Zita Hanrot. Catherine Frot took home Best Actress for Xavier Giannoli’s “Marguerite.” While French Oscar entry “Mustang” lost Best Picture, the Deniz Gamze Ergüven film won won four other awards: First Film, Original Screenplay, Music and Editing. Arnaud Desplechin won Best Director for Cannes director's Fortnight entry “My Golden Years.”  Cannes-winner Vincent Lindon also won Best Actor for Stephane Brize’s “The Measure of a »

- Anne Thompson

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