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My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)

La tête en friche (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 16 September 2011 (USA)
A semi-literate and lonely odd-job man bonds with a much older and well-read woman.

Director:

Jean Becker

Writers:

Jean Becker (screenplay), Jean-Loup Dabadie (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Germain Chazes
Gisèle Casadesus ... Margueritte Vandeveld
Maurane ... Francine
Sophie Guillemin ... Annette
Patrick Bouchitey ... Landremont - le garagiste
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Jojo dit The Cook
Claire Maurier Claire Maurier ... Jacqueline Chazes - La mère de Germain
Anne Le Guernec Anne Le Guernec ... Jacqueline Chazes jeune
Bruno Ricci ... Marco
Lyès Salem ... Youssef - le serveur
Matthieu Dahan Matthieu Dahan ... Julien
François-Xavier Demaison ... Jean-Michel Gardini dit Jean-Mi
Régis Laspalès ... Monsieur Bayle - L'instituteur
Serge Larivière ... Le neveu de Margueritte
Jérôme Deschamps Jérôme Deschamps ... Le maire
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Storyline

A semi-literate and lonely odd-job man bonds with a much older and well-read woman.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Flemish

Release Date:

16 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mis tardes con Margueritte See more »

Filming Locations:

Pons, Charente-Maritime, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,900, 18 September 2011

Gross USA:

$666,557

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,256,878
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 123205. See more »

Goofs

While Germain studies his dictionary, his cat lying on the table changes position instantly between several shots. See more »

Quotes

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. Not always are love stories just made of love. Sometimes love is not named but it's love just the same. This is not a typical love affair I met her on a bench in my local square. She made a little stir, tiny like a bird with her ...
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Soundtracks

La Belle de Cadix
Music by Francis Lopez
Lyrics by Maurice Vandair
Performed by Luis Mariano
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Wonderful film
14 November 2011 | by WilliamCKHSee all my reviews

Jean Becker would never be able to make a living as a filmmaker in America. This should not be taken as a critique of him as a filmmaker, rather as a critique of America. This thought came into my mind as I sat virtually alone (with 2 others) in a 200 seat theatre, located in a booming city of over a million, on a Sunday evening, during the first week's release of his latest film MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE. How sad it is to see such a film virtually unnoticed here in the states. Oh well,....

The film tells the story of Germain, played very subtly by Depardieu, who is a gentle giant, a bit slow, but lovable. He lives with an abusive mother, makes a living doing odd jobs around town, spends his free time gardening and drinking with his friends, has a girlfriend whom he adores, and is very much content with his life. One day he meets Margueritte, a woman of 95, sitting alone in the park, reading and feeding the pigeons. A friendship blossoms. They have conversations, exchanging their views on life, she reads to him and even persuades him to pick up a book himself.

Marguerite is content with life, although lonely. She lives at a home for the aged, paid for by a distant relative. Germain gives her a companion, someone to share with the ups and downs of everyday life. She has seen and done much and now is ready to live out the rest of her days quietly. The ending of the film is quite wonderful and I will not spoil it for the reader. Like the ending of Becker's last widely released film CONVERSATIONS WITH MY GARDNER, it may appear to be overly sentimental. It shouldn't. It would be wonderful if more movies ended in such an upbeat way, celebrating life and the joys that simple human kindness can create.

As I try to go back over the film's many details, I find in it so much beauty and wisdom, the kind that is so much needed, but missing from modern life...


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