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16 September 2011 (USA) See more »
A semi-literate and lonely odd-job man bonds with a much older and well-read woman. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Gérard Depardieu ... Germain Chazes

Gisèle Casadesus ... Margueritte
Maurane ... Francine

Sophie Guillemin ... Annette

Patrick Bouchitey ... Landremont
Jean-François Stévenin ... Jojo
Claire Maurier ... La mère
Anne Le Guernec ... La mère jeune
Bruno Ricci ... Marco

Lyès Salem ... Youssef
Matthieu Dahan ... Julien

François-Xavier Demaison ... Gardini

Régis Laspalès ... M. Bayle

Serge Larivière
Jérôme Deschamps ... Le maire
Jean-Luc Porraz ... Le notaire
Mélanie Bernier ... Stéphanie
Sylvia Chiflet-Allegre ... Cliente supermarché (as Sylvia Allegre)
Gilles Détroit ... Dévallée
Bernard Bolzinger ... L'homme du marché
Amandine Chauveau ... La mère jeune
Hélène Coulon ... La bibliothécaire
Guillaume Ferrand ... Le militaire
Mahé Frot ... La femme ordinateur
Véronique Hervouet ... L'employée supérette
Lucie Loue ... La jeune femme Peupliers
Salah Teskouk ... Le vieil Arabe
Johanna van der Bruggen ... Femme accueil maison de retraite
Florian Yven ... Germain enfant

Directed by
Jean Becker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Becker  screenplay
Jean-Loup Dabadie  screenplay
Marie-Sabine Roger  book

Produced by
Louis Becker .... producer
Gérard Depardieu .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Laurent Voulzy 
Cinematography by
Arthur Cloquet 
Film Editing by
Jacques Witta 
Casting by
Colomba Falcucci 
Makeup Department
Olivier Afonso .... special makeup effects artist
Christophe Chevallier .... key hair stylist
Turid Follvik .... key makeup artist
Nicolas Herlin .... special makeup effects artist
Frédéric Lainé .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Claire Langmann .... unit production manager
Guillaume Parent .... post-production supervisor
Augustin Werkoff .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denis Imbert .... first assistant director
Art Department
Francois Poublan .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Julien Bourdeau .... assistant sound editor
Joseph de Laage .... boom operator
Carl Goetgheluck .... re-recording mixer
François Groult .... re-recording mixer
Vincent Montrobert .... sound editor
Samuel Rouillard .... sound assistant
Special Effects by
Olivier Afonso .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Olivier Veau .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Berto .... camera operator (as Gilbert Lecluyse)
Patrick de Ranter .... additional camera operator
Nathalie Eno .... still photographer
Vivien Jouhannaud .... grip
Nicolas Pasquet .... additional grip
Maguelonne Pochon .... second assistant camera
Philippe Porte .... gaffer
Alexis Robin .... video assistant
Philippe Wegiel .... electrician
Casting Department
Marie-France Michel .... child casting
Peggy Pasquerault .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chloe Bartonio .... set costumer
Valérie Le Hello .... costumer
Editorial Department
Clara Bouffartigue .... first assistant editor
Myriam Coën .... digital conformation
Sophia Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Philippe Tourret .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Stéphane Briand .... score engineer
Stéphane Briand .... score mixer
Other crew
Amélie Bérard .... script supervisor
Raphaelle Gassot .... script supervisor assistant
Guillemette Guyot .... assistant administrator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La tête en friche" - France (original title)
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France:82 min | Argentina:82 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Continuity: While Germain studies his dictionary, his cat lying on the table changes position instantly between several shots.See more »
Germain Chazes:It's not a typical love affair, but love and tenderness, both are there. Named after a daisy, she lived amongst words, surrounded by adjectives in green fields of verbs. Some force you yield to. But she, with soft art, passed through my hard shield and into my heart...See more »
La chanson de GermainSee more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The town handyman (Depardieu) discovers books & a true friend with 95 year old woman; a most enjoyable film, 7 October 2011
Author: chaz-28 from Rockville, MD

Germain (Gerard Depardieu) is not illiterate. He knows how to read and write, but he really prefers not to. For one, he is not very good at reading, he goes slowly and he uses his finger to follow the lines across the page. However, his comprehension is pretty good, especially when someone reads aloud to him. He imagines the scene in his mind and if the reader is describing rats in the street he can see those rats squirming around in enough detail that it makes him uncomfortable. Not being a big fan of reading and not being known as any sort of intellectual at his local bar is just fine by Germain. He is a town handyman, a very capable gardener, appreciates his girlfriend, and is not depressed about his station in life.

His station isn't very high either. He lives in a trailer behind his mother's house and makes ends meet by being good with his hands, be it woodworking or gardening. One advantage to not having a steady 9-5 job is lunch in the park. Germain enjoys making a sandwich and leisurely eating it on his favorite park bench where he can monitor the pigeons. He goes there enough to know that in fact there are 19 usual pigeons hanging around and he even has names for all of them. It is here in the park where he meets 95 year old Margueritte (Gisele Casadesus). The park gives her a chance to escape the old folks home for a bit and read out in the sunlight.

Margueritte and Germain strike up a pleasant friendship where she reads aloud and he appreciates the stories. This is the first time in his life someone has ever taken the time to talk with him one on one about stories, how they make you feel, and what the author may have been thinking about. Germain has bad memories from his childhood, both from an unfriendly school and an uninterested mother. Margueritte sees through his thick exterior and recognizes a kind of kindred spirit, one who really appreciates a good story and crisp sentences. In another life and with decent surroundings, Margueritte surmises Germain could have been an author himself.

All of these new ideas, books, and learning makes his life a bit more uncomfortable. His friends at the bar notice his vocabulary is raising a notch or two and his girlfriend Annette (Sophie Guillemin) is starting to wonder where all of this self improvement is coming from. Give My Afternoons with Margueritte a strong point in the good script column that is sidesteps what could have been a misunderstanding with a real scene of openness, frustration, and acceptance.

Gerard Depardieu gives a very strong performance here as a guy everyone likes, except his mother, and who enjoys his life in his small town. This comes off a very good performance he had last year with Inspector Bellamy. Gisele Casadesus has shown up three times in the movies in the past few months. She has bit parts in Sarah's Key and The Hedgehog and for a lady of such an advanced age, she really has a grasp on Margueritte and how she would feel towards a man approaching middle age whose earlier experiences stunted what could have been a wonderful relationship between him and the world of books. She may be the only 95 year old in France capable of still turning out a good performance which is why she is getting every single role in France which calls for one.

My Afternoons with Margueritte is a very pleasant way to spend your own afternoon. Watching Germain and Margueritte plod through a Camus novel is refreshing and it is truly enjoyable to sit back and watch a script unfold which chooses to step away from cliché and focus on character and style.

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