My Afternoons with Margueritte
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My Afternoons with Margueritte is the story of life's random encounters. In a small French town, Germain, a nearly illiterate man in his 50's and considered to be the village idiot by his friends at the local bistro, takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Marguerite, a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She's articulate, highly intelligent and frail. Between Germain and Margueritte, there are 40 years and 200 pounds difference. Germain is lured by Margueritte's passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

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"A sweet puff of a film, My Afternoons With Margueritte is as disarming as it is absurd."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A predictable, undernourished love story."
‑ Adam Bernstein, Washington Post
"No será una gran película, pero es un raro ejemplar en estos días cuyo hallazgo produce un placer inusual. Gérard Depardieu ofrece una actuación conmovedora."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Casadesus - at 97, a French national treasure who has been wowing stage and screen audiences since the 1930s - tenderly manages to make great literature sound like conversation, and vice versa."
‑ Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The two actors and director/co-writer Jean Becker treat it as if it were a masterpiece. And maybe it is."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"[Depardieu] is as emblematic of his country as Tom Hanks is of ours, and "My Afternoons With Margueritte" is his "Forrest Gump." Only better."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's a lovely movie."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"There's no reason this cliché-ridden French drama should work, but it does, and there's the beauty of it."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Only the good aspects of traditional village culture concern writer-director Jean Becker, who aims for charm rather than profundity, and hits the bull's-eye with this leisurely film."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"There isn't much to Jean Becker's movie, but what there is, is charming... You won't regret spending eighty minutes not only with Marguerite but with Germain, too."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The happy ending lays it on too thick, but what the hell: In for a dime, in for a dollar."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's determined to look on the bright side. The film isn't about the actor's intelligence. It's about his emotional radiance."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"a small charming film that only the French could create."
‑ Emily S. Mendel,
"It's a lovely French character study."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Subtly sweet and compassionate, appealing to art-house filmgoers of a certain age."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
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