Marius and Jeannette
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A couple puts faith in love to get them through times of extreme poverty in this comedy-drama that was a major box office success in its native France. Jeannette (Ariane Ascaride) is a single mother living in a working-class community in Marseilles; she tries to support herself and her two kids on her salary as a check-out girl at a supermarket and lives in an apartment complex where everyone is thrown into close proximity with everyone else (thankfully, they all get along). Marius (Gerard Meylan) is working as a security guard at a cement factory that has gone out of business; he's also… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A charming, easygoing portrait of a bunch of characters in a Marseilles neighborhood..."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"...Mr. Guédiguian sees the courage and hope in such everyday vignettes, and treats his characters with heartfelt admiration."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"a study of the difficulties working-class love faces when confronted with unemployment, past betrayals, and a deteriorating social structure"
‑ Brandon Judell, Critics Inc./America Online
"...a thinly disguised fable about the superiority of 'the simple life,' but ultimately it says nothing."
‑ Christopher Null,
"[A] wobbly neo-political love yarn."
‑ Bob Thompson, Jam! Movies
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Guediguian is a smooth enough director, but it's his casting and some episodes in the screenplay that transfix us."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"The film is heavy with political subtext, but the plot is lukewarm comedy."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
"The characters in Marius and Jeannette are its strongest selling point..."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The key quality of Guediguian's film is a deep sensitivity to the characters and to the pressures of the French working-class where life can be a daily struggle."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"The environment is squalid, the politics naive, the humor fey (and not funny), the narrative barely there."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"There's no question that Jeannette is a richly imagined character, and Ascariade knows exactly how to capture all her moods. But the other people here are largely defined by a trait or two or a political statement."
‑ John Hartl,
"A masterfully directed French film about a love affair between two middle-aged people."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If you're easily charmed by stories featuring nutty folks playing Cupid for troubled lovers, you may find this French comedy enchanting. If eccentricity alone doesn't usually persuade you to buy a ticket, 'Marius' is 102 missable minutes."
‑ James Sanford,
"Guédiguian succeeds by creating a simple story about a couple in love while remaining faithful to his ideal of setting an optimistic film against a realistic background."
‑ Yazmin Ghonaim, Cinephiles
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