My Afternoons with Margueritte: Movie Review
My Afternoons with Margueritte
Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Gisele Casadesus
Director: Jean Becker
Gerard Depardieu stars in this gently Gallic rustic piece about
He plays Germain Chazes a man who starts the film kicking down a door after
being ripped off for doing a job.
On a walk back home he meets Margueritte (Casadesus) a kindly old lady and a
friendship is slowly born through a shared book and a love of stories, as well
as feeding the local pigeons.
My Afternoons with Margueritte is a gentle and pleasant piece which is as
breezy as a summer cloud.
It's a sweet piece about the regrets of the past - Depardieu, looking
incredibly portly and like Obelix from the French comics, is affable and
loveable enough as he negotiates a monstrous mother who along with school has
held him back for years as various flashbacks explain. Equally his friendship
with Casadesus is easy and understandable as they continue to meet - it
contrasts nicely with the harsh ribbing he takes from friends at a local
There's a sweet vibe to this film which wafts you along with it in a very
simple way. It may not be the most memorable of pieces but it's certainly
uplifting and heart warming as it plays out before you.