Friday, March 4, 2011

My afternoons with Margueritte (La tête en friche)

Director: Jean Becker

Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Gisèle Casadesus, and Sophie Guillemin
Small town bruised fruit; Germain (Gérard Depardieu) finds an unlikely friendship with a 95-year-old Marguerite ( Gisèle Casadesus), and former international civil servant. The dungaree-wearing simpleton was abused by his cruel mother and belittled by his teacher. The odd job man is barely literate and the figure of fun at the local bistro. Germain does have a steadfast girlfriend (the gorgeous, Sophie Guillemin), and through the touching friendship with Marguerite based on the love of books, she transforms Germain’ life. This is a charming, sentimental (rather sugary), and well-acted movie.

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