Marius and Jeannette
Marius and Jeannette (1997)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley

A charming, easygoing portrait of a bunch of characters in a Marseilles neighborhood...

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

...Mr. Guédiguian sees the courage and hope in such everyday vignettes, and treats his characters with heartfelt admiration.

Brandon Judell
Critics Inc./America Online

a study of the difficulties working-class love faces when confronted with unemployment, past betrayals, and a deteriorating social structure

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times


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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Guediguian is a smooth enough director, but it's his casting and some episodes in the screenplay that transfix us.

Mark R. Leeper

The film is heavy with political subtext, but the plot is lukewarm comedy.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The environment is squalid, the politics naive, the humor fey (and not funny), the narrative barely there.

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John Hartl

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.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A masterfully directed French film about a love affair between two middle-aged people.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
I haven't seen or heard from Robert Guediguian in awhile which is a real shame. I enjoyed his slice of life treatments of Marseilles and the humanity of… More