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Marion (1997)

Marion is a 10 year old schoolgirl, her family just moved into a Normandy village : the father is a mason, the mother takes care of their four children. She meets "the Parisians", a wealthy... See full summary »


Manuel Poirier


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Coralie Tetard Coralie Tetard ... Marion
Pierre Berriau Pierre Berriau ... Marion's father
Élisabeth Commelin Élisabeth Commelin ... Marion's mother (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Marie-France Pisier ... Audrey
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Audrey's husband
Laure Fernandez Laure Fernandez ... Stéphanie
Clément Tetard Clément Tetard ... Marion's little brother
Vianney Castel Vianney Castel ... Marion's little brother
Marilyne Canto ... Teacher
Sergi López ... Antonio (as Sergi López i Ayats)
Ivan Bartosek Ivan Bartosek ... Nono
Colette Jardinier Colette Jardinier ... Mrs. Talbot
Marc Fayolle Marc Fayolle ... Mayor
Serge Riaboukine Serge Riaboukine ... Raymond
Lalitha Renault Lalitha Renault ... Raymond's daughter


Marion is a 10 year old schoolgirl, her family just moved into a Normandy village : the father is a mason, the mother takes care of their four children. She meets "the Parisians", a wealthy childless couple having a cottage in the neighborhood. Audrey, the woman, becomes fond of Marion, who is more and more often invited to the cottage... Written by Yepok

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5 March 1997 (France) See more »

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Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France

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11 May 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

When you talk about Manuel Poirier, one of the new talented French film-makers of the nineties, you inevitably think about one of his movies: "Western", an excellent French road-movie. However, you mustn't forget that this beautiful movie, "Marion" was launched a few months before "Western".

The action is unfolding in the French country, more precisely in Normandy. Besides, Poirier seems deeply attached to the country because most of his movies take place there. One quality of this movie: the French country is very well depicted: green under a shiny sky. The story, so far: Marion, a ten year-old little girl, settle in Normandy, in a tiny country house with her parents which living conditions are very modest. Her parents strike a friendship up with a well-off Parisian couple. These last ones, and especially the wife, befriend Marion and they would like to adopt her. But for this, they'll have to try to convince her parents...

Poirier must have been inspired by a Maupassant's short story called: "aux champs". The principle of this short story is very similar to the movie: a middle-class couple wish to adopt a child who comes from a peasant family and they try to persuade his parents. It's nearly the same situation in the movie.

Anyway, what Poirier tries to put forward is the confrontation and the contrast between the two families. Both live in harmony even if it's hard for them to understand themselves. You can also notice that Marion's parents feel a little ill-at-ease when they're invited to the Parisian couple. Besides, in the Parisian couple, the husband, in spite of his affection to Marion tends to be mistrustful and a bit distant to her parents.

Poirier proceeds by little touches to describe the confrontation. It's just a pity that he leaves several sequences high and dry and abortive. Nevertheless, the set gives a slight and charming man and enjoys a good performance from all the actors. To begin with Coralie Têtard, delightful in the role of Marion.

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