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Reinventing Marvin (2017)

Marvin ou la belle éducation (original title)
A young man runs away from his family to become an actor.


Anne Fontaine


Pierre Trividic (screenplay), Anne Fontaine (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Finnegan Oldfield ... Marvin Bijoux
Grégory Gadebois ... Dany Bijoux
Vincent Macaigne ... Abel Pinto
Catherine Salée ... Odile Bijoux
Jules Porier Jules Porier ... Marvin enfant
Catherine Mouchet ... Madeleine Clément
Charles Berling ... Roland
Isabelle Huppert ... Isabelle Huppert
Sharif Andoura Sharif Andoura ... Pierre
India Hair India Hair ... Vanessa
Luna Lou Luna Lou ... Angélique
Yannick Morzelle Yannick Morzelle ... Gérald
Lorenzo Lefèbvre Lorenzo Lefèbvre ... François
Cécile Rebboah Cécile Rebboah ... Madame Carolus
Oscar Pessans Oscar Pessans ... Bourreau collège 1


A young man runs away from his family to become an actor.

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UK versions are cut by 6s to remove footage which may contravene the Protection of Children Act 1978. See more »


References Fantasia (1940) See more »


Who's gonna save you
Produced, Performed, composed, arranged and Engineered by Norbert Galouo, José Miguel Ortegon), Sr Ortegon
Written by Norbert Galouo , José Miguel Ortegon and Antonio Smith
Label: Palmacoco Records
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Coming of age drama doesn't break any new ground but is extremely well done

Luxembourger writer-director Anne Fontaine has tackled all kinds of subjects and often attracted big names, recently international ones, to her films. Here she tackles a coming of age drama that appears to be based on a real-life story although no source material is credited. (N.B. When the film was released in the UK it transpired that the screenplay was based on the autobiographical novel "En finir avec Eddy Belleguele." Author Edouard Louis disapproved of the adaptation and did not want to be credited). Sissy schoolboy Marvin grows up to be an actor, who tells his hard-luck story on stage and in print. That's about all there is to it and the tale seems overstretched at nearly two hours; but it's done with great integrity, the screenplay is intelligent, and there are sincere performances from the two actors representing the boy at different ages. The elder Marvin is played by British actor Finnegan Oldfield, who seems only to work in France. Marvin gets to co-star in his play with the great Isabelle Huppert, who has been in three of Fontaine's films. Here she plays herself, which is a strange conceit. Also unusual is the structure, which has flashes forward until grown-up Marvin's story gradually predominates. The film will impress anyone who wants high quality work in all departments but particularly those who were bullied or are being bullied at school for their sexuality. "Reinventing Marvin" is an encouragement to rise above it.

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French | English

Release Date:

22 November 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Marvin See more »

Filming Locations:

Xertigny, Vosges, France See more »


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EUR8,000,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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