Saturday, September 05, 2015

Venice Lido: 72nd Film Festival – Xavier Giannoli – Marguerite

  courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

Venice Lido: 72nd Film Festival – Xavier Giannoli – Marguerite.  Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite takes place in 1921, the beginning of the Roaring Twenties. Not far from Paris. It is party day at Marguerite Dumont’s castle. Like every year, an array of music lovers gathers around a great cause at the owner’s place. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. Marguerite sings. She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune. In ways quite similar to the Castafiore, Marguerite has been living her passion in her own bubble, and the hypocrite audience, always coming in for a good laugh, acts as if she was the diva she believes she is. When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. This gives her the courage she needs to follow her dream. Despite her husband’s reluctance, and with the help of a has-been divo, both funny and mean, she decides to train for her first recital in front of a crowd of complete strangers.
Staring: Catherine Frot, Andre Marcon, Michel Fau, Christa Theret, Denis Mpunga, Sylvain Dieuaide.

Photograph ASAC courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

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Director Xavier Giannoli, Catherine Frot and Andre Marcon

Director’s Statement.  “I believe that, in order to make a film, we must not only have something to say, but also something to withhold. The mystery behind a character is, first of all, what makes me want to film him or her—to express an emotion, an inner music. Marguerite has dedicated her whole life to music, to beauty. But—though she doesn’t realize it— she is tragically, supremely tone-deaf. She sings opera like a child might destroy a rose. The thing is comical in its cruelty. Because Marguerite is, first and foremost, a woman in love who wants to live her passions. No one has ever told her she cannot carry a tune. Why not? What is this laceration in her voice and in our hearts? We all need our illusions to live on.”

courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

Andre Marcon


Xavier Giannoli - Marguerite
Contessanally – charming and dramatic – 7/10

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