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Marguerite (film)

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Film poster
Directed byXavier Giannoli
Produced by
  • Artemio Benki
  • Olivier Delbosc
  • Marc Missonnier
Written by
  • Xavier Giannoli
  • Marcia Romano
StarringCatherine Frot
Music byRonan Maillard
CinematographyGlynn Speeckaert
Edited byCyril Nakache
Distributed by
  • Memento Films Distribution (France)
  • ArtCam (Czech Republic)
Release date
  • 4 September 2015 (2015-09-04) (Venice)
  • 16 September 2015 (2015-09-16) (France)
  • 24 September 2015 (2015-09-24) (Czech Republic)
Running time
128 minutes[1]
  • France
  • Czech Republic
  • Belgium
Box office$8.5 million[2]

Marguerite is a French/Czech/Belgian 2015 comedy and drama film directed by Xavier Giannoli and written by Giannoli and Marcia Romano, loosely inspired by the life of Florence Foster Jenkins. Set in the Golden Twenties, the film stars Catherine Frot as a wealthy woman who is an enthusiastic amateur singer and believes, wrongly, that she has a beautiful voice. The film is an international co-production among France, the Czech Republic, and Belgium.[3] Marguerite received eleven nominations at the 41st César Awards, winning for Best Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, and Best Production Design.[4]


  • Catherine Frot as Marguerite Dumont
  • André Marcon as Georges Dumont
  • Denis Mpunga as Madelbos
  • Michel Fau as Atos Pezzini / Divo
  • Christa Theret as Hazel Klein
  • Sylvain Dieuaide as Lucien Beaumont
  • Aubert Fenoy as Kyrill Von Priest
  • Sophia Leboutte as Félicité La Barbue
  • Théo Cholbi as Diego


The film was shot in Prague from mid-September to early December 2014.[5]


Marguerite was screened in the main competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.[6][7]

Critical response

The film was well received by the critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 95%, based on 92 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Touching, funny, and thoughtful, Marguerite honors its real-life inspiration with a well-acted and ultimately inspirational look at the nature of art and the value of a dream."[8] On Metacritic the film has a score of 76 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]

Screendaily described the film as "original, funny and touching".[10] Jordan Mintzer of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film "offers up an amusingly entertaining portrait of fortune, infamy and severe melodic dysfunction".[11] Cineuropa gave the film a positive review, and said that the director "has brought together the best of his sensitivity and attraction to characters that are passionate and obsessive to the extreme, to paint the portrait of an unusual woman, who Catherine Frot plays with stunning dramatic and comical genius".[12]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards[13] Best Film Nominated
Best Director Xavier Giannoli Nominated
Best Actress Catherine Frot Won
Best Supporting Actor Michel Fau Nominated
André Marcon Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Xavier Giannoli Nominated
Best Cinematography Glynn Speeckaert Nominated
Best Editing Cyril Nakache Nominated
Best Sound François Musy and Gabriel Hafner Won
Best Costume Design Pierre-Jean Larroque Won
Best Production Design Martin Kurel Won
Louis Delluc Prize[14] Best Film Nominated
Lumières Awards[15] Best Film Nominated
Best Director Xavier Giannoli Nominated
Best Actress Catherine Frot Won
Best Screenplay Xavier Giannoli Nominated
Magritte Awards[16] Best Foreign Film in Coproduction Nominated
Venice International Film Festival Golden Lion Nominated
P. Nazareno Taddei Award Won

See also


  1. ^ "MARGUERITE (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Marguerite". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ "Xavier Giannoli shooting Marguerite in the Czech Republic". Cineuropa. 28 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Cesar Awards: Philippe Faucon's Drama 'Fatima' Wins Best Film". Variety. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Cinematographer Glynn Speeckaert, AFC, SBC, discusses his work on Fred Grivois' film "Through the Air (La Résistance de l'air)", and Xavier Giannoli' film "Marguerite"". AFC. 9 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Venice Film Festival: Lido Lineup Builds Awards Season Buzz – Full List". Deadline. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Venice Fest Reveals Robust Lineup Featuring Hollywood Stars and International Auteurs". Variety. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Marguerite".
  9. ^ "Marguerite".
  10. ^ "'Marguerite': Review". 4 September 2015.
  11. ^ "'Marguerite': Venice Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 4 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Marguerite: A voice that will tear you apart". Cineuropa. 4 September 2015.
  13. ^ "'Golden Years,' 'Marguerite,' 'Dheepan,' 'Mustang' Lead Cesar Nominations". Variety.
  14. ^ "Philippe Faucon's 'Fatima' Wins Louis Delluc Prize for Best French Film". Variety. 16 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Prix Lumières 2016 : Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse et Mustang en tête des nominations". AlloCiné. 4 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Les " Magritte du Cinéma ", c'est le 6 février prochain à 20h00". Cinergie.

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