2015 | M | Drama
Reviewed by Bre
Paris, 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman, lover of the music and the opera. She loves to sing for her friends, although she’s not a good 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.
1) Did you like it?
This comedy of manners was masterfully done. For a story about a woman who was an atrocious singer but didn’t know it and performed publicly, it was delightfully light-handed. Catherine Frot was exceptional as Marguerite. She didn’t portray the character as a silly, narcissistic woman as I’d feared but expected. She was portrayed as a passionate, thoughtful, lonely and yet vibrant woman who was just blissfully unaware of her lack of talent. Yes, she was a terrible singer and we all laughed when she performed, but it was done with such feeling toward Marguerite that it never felt that I was being asked to laugh at her but rather the situation.
I fell in love with all of the characters, even those who used Marguerite and those that tried to swindle her – they were just so well-written and full of life. And you can’t help but love those who supported and stood by her.
The ending was also surprisingly heart-wrenching, but fitting and sadly satisfying.
3) “You would enjoy this movie if…”
You like a bit of awkward humor and don’t mind opera.
4) “This movie made me think about…”
The truth hurts, sometimes irreparably so.
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