Marguerite Film Review

Film Review by Cam Eagle

The Premise
Paris, 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman who is a lover of music and the opera. She loves to sing for her friends, although she's a bad singer. Both her friends and her husband have kept her fantasy. The problem begins when she decides to perform in front of a real audience.

The Review
There’s something about Marguerite that makes you love Marguerite; her delusion that she can sing, her tolerance of her husband, her innocent naivety.

When everyone praises her to her face and then talks about how bad she is behind her back, it makes you wonder what you would say in a similar scenario.

Marguerite peruses singing with passion as it creates the best feeling for her, second only to her feeling of wanting to be loved by her husband. This tragedy makes you feel something for Marguerite and also for her husband, who tries to shelter her from the truth, but also tries to tell her. There are limits to one’s compassion though, as both characters are somewhat flawed.

The painful rendering of the operatic areas brings some comedic amusement. And it only gets worse as she hankers for a bigger stage with a bigger audience.

There are some nice characterisations that complement Marguerite; particularly Hazel and the cad, Lucien Beaumont. The chapters and her eating habits are quaint additions to this period French vaudeville show.

Some content may disturb but it’s actually quite mild.

The Verdict
Even though Marguerite evokes fondness and sympathy, unfortunately there’s not enough in Marguerite that made me love the movie.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 16th June 2016
Rating: M – Contains Sex scenes, offensive language, nudity & drug use
Duration: 129 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau, Christa Théret, Denis Mpunga, Sylvain Dieuaide, Aubert Fenoy, Sophia Leboutte
Director: Xavier Giannoli (Superstar)

The Extras

Loosely inspired by the life of Mrs Foster Jenkins, “Marguerite” is the French version of the Hollywood movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

The movie is shot entirely in the Czech Republic (which is changing its name to Czechia).

The film had more than 1 million admissions in France.

The name of the title character is a gallicised form of Margaret Dumont, the dignified lady with the figure of an old-time opera singer who was the butt of the Marx Brothers' gags.