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France, Czech Republic, Belgium · 2015
Rated R · 2h 7m
Director Xavier Giannoli
Starring Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau, Christa Théret
Genre Drama

Paris in the 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman with a passion for music and the opera. For years, she has performed regularly for a circle of guests. But Marguerite sings tragically out of tune and no one has ever told her. Her husband and her close friends have always encouraged her in her illusions. Things become very complicated the day she gets it into her head to perform in front of a genuine public, at the Opera.

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When everything comes full circle, Marguerite is an enjoyable comedy with hints of dark satire and tangy melodrama.


New York Post by Farran Smith Nehme

While the premise (inspired by the true story of tune-challenged American socialite Florence Foster Jenkins) could be as cruel as “Carrie,” Frot’s would-be diva is achingly sympathetic.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

Writer-director Xavier Giannoli offers up an amusingly entertaining portrait of fortune, infamy and severe melodic dysfunction in the polished French period dramedy, Marguerite.


The Playlist by Kimber Myers

At 127 minutes, Giannoli’s script feels overlong and a bit repetitive in its heroine’s disastrous performances. Lucien, the critic who helps propel Marguerite and her story forward, disappears for a large chunk of the film, only to randomly appear toward the end. Other than these missteps, Marguerite is worth watching with a well-earned grimace, largely for Frot’s pitch-perfect performance.


Variety by Peter Debruge

This splendid satire benefits...from “The Singer” director Giannoli’s gift for striking just the right tone with such tricky material.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

Marguerite overstays its welcome by at least 20 minutes. What redeems it is Ms. Frot’s subtle, deeply compassionate portrayal of a rich, lonely woman clutching at an impossible dream until reality intrudes.

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