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My Afternoons with Margueritte(La tête en friche)

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France · 2010
1h 22m
Director Jean Becker
Starring Gérard Depardieu, Maurane, Gisèle Casadesus, Jean-François Stévenin
Genre Drama, Comedy

Based on a novel by Marie-Sabine Roger, an illiterate and lonely man bonds with an older and well-read woman. Their friendship blooms despite, or perhaps because of theirdifferences, and even as the town around them disapproves.

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Time Out by

While the screenplay, adapted from a novel by Marie-Sabine Roger, grows more clumsily trite as the film proceeds, the two leads are always enjoyable together.


Los Angeles Times by Betsy Sharkey

The film is a reminder of the pleasure to be found in simple things - reading a book, sitting on a park bench with a friend, spending an afternoon with Margueritte.


Slant Magazine by Bill Weber

Germain's bonhomie with the bistro regulars has the feel of a TV comedy pilot, which is more than can be said of the monologues he speaks to his cat, one on the inadequacies of the dictionary.


Variety by Jordan Mintzer

French feel-good filmmaking to the max. Yet a heaping pile of cliches doesn't prevent this touchingly simplistic tale -- from exuding a strong and universal emotional appeal.


Village Voice by Melissa Anderson

That so many of the colossal yokel's mental states are literalized, as when the screen fills with thousands of rats while Margueritte reads Camus's "The Plague" aloud to her new pal, typifies the movie's antipathy to nuance.


The New York Times by Rachel Saltz

The fine-boned, delicate-looking Ms. Casadesus, now 97, is a pleasure to watch. And the not-delicate-looking Mr. Depardieu does his usual excellent job. But their scenes together, if sweet enough, aren't particularly convincing or moving.

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