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Marguerite (2015)

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It is party day at Marguerite Dumont's castle. She sings wholeheartedly, but terribly out of tune. Marguerite has been living her passion in her own bubble, and the hypocrite audience acts as if she was the diva she believes she is.

Director:

Xavier Giannoli

Writers:

Xavier Giannoli, Marcia Romano (collaborating writer)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Frot ... Marguerite Dumont
André Marcon ... Georges Dumont
Michel Fau ... Atos Pezzini
Christa Théret ... Hazel
Denis Mpunga Denis Mpunga ... Madelbos
Sylvain Dieuaide Sylvain Dieuaide ... Lucien Beaumont
Aubert Fenoy Aubert Fenoy ... Kyrill Von Priest
Sophia Leboutte Sophia Leboutte ... Félicité la barbue
Théo Cholbi ... Diego
Astrid Whettnall ... Françoise Bellaire
Vincent Schmitt Vincent Schmitt ... Le médecin
Christian Pereira Christian Pereira ... Militaire récital
Martine Pascal Martine Pascal ... La colonel
Grégoire Strecker Grégoire Strecker ... Michel Aurenbach
Jean-Yves Tual ... Monsieur Taupe
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Storyline

Paris, 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman, lover of the music and the opera. She loves to sing for her friends, although she's not a good singer. Both her friends and her husband have kept her fantasy. The problem begins when she decides to perform in front of a real audience. Written by Andres Garza

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Cover your ears and open your heart

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief graphic nudity and sexual content, and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The name of the title character is a gallicised form of Margaret Dumont, the dignified lady with the figure of an old-time opera singer who was the foil for the Marx Brothers' gags. See more »

Goofs

In one scene Marguerite sings on an Edison Cylinder recorder, later her recording is played back from a 78 RPM disc record, supposedly the same recording. See more »

Quotes

Marguerite Dumont: Perfection is not about doing great and beautiful deed; it's doing what one does with greatness and beauty.
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Connections

Referenced in Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Habañera
from "Carmen"
Written by Georges Bizet
Performed by Virginie Gattino and Delphine Dussaux (piano)
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Truth can never stand on the way of true talent
5 March 2016 | by mjfhhhSee all my reviews

Marguerite Dupont seems to have it all – great riches, a husband she loves and a passion for music. On the inside she is striving for her husband's attention and her love of singing gradually turns into an obsession. She arranges private recitals and, with the help of some new friends, who have dubious agenda, is training to step on the stage of the real opera house. There's only one problem, however. Marguerite's singing voice is terrible.

Placed in Paris of 1920 and inspired by the real life story of Florence Foster Jenkins, MARGUERITE is about a woman who would not let the truth to stand on the way of her desire to sing. Director Xavier Giannoli has a special interest in all things infamous. All his previous films examine the short distance between the infamy and fame and what one is capable of to step into the limelight. His Marguerite is an eccentric with a heart of gold, willfully portrayed by Catherine Frot, the actor whose status in France can only be compared with the one of Meryl Streep.

The movie is emotionally charged and finds a perfect balance between funny and sad. However it is a bit overloaded with characters and not every storyline finds a desirable resolution. With a lengthy running time, and multiple story arcs, MARGUERITE could become a perfect miniseries, which may happen in the future, considering the interest the directors have to Florence Foster Jenkins these days.

A little bit too long, but never boring, MARGUERITE is an exciting film that will hold your attention all the way through – an achievement for any film these days. With an exceptional performance by Catherine Frot, the movie's character study is impeccable and the real reason to see this period drama gem.


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French | English | Italian

Release Date:

11 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame Marguerite See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,924, 13 March 2016

Gross USA:

$506,677

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,754,356
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2.35 : 1
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