CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

"My Afternoons with Margueritte" is a delight

Last Monday night at Bru’s Room, the Deerfield Beach Reunion Committee adjourned for ten years, making plans for the 40 year class reunion in 2021 anno domini. Many of us felt we had arrived at a domestic crossroads; one individual is buying her first house, some were dealing with their own children graduating high school and some are dealing with being the guardian to aging parents.

Opening tomorrow in limited release, **My Afternoons with Margueritte** is a beautiful and poetic French film about many characters at their crossroads. Gerard Depardieu portrays Germain, the town handyman who feels short changed by life. His true solace is spent on the park bench with Margueritte (Gisele Casadeus), a ninety two year old bibliophile. Beyond talking about life, liberty and romance, the couple take pleasure in naming the pigeons.

Told with flashbacks, Germain recounts having a verbally abusive mother. Margueritte becomes Germain’s mentor. Conflict ensues and Germaine must set things right. Since the drama is not forced and the acting is subtle, **My Afternoons with Margueritte** becomes a pleasant Sunday afternoon void of football, horror and terror movies.
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