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In a small French town, Germain (Gerard Depardieu, Cyrano de Bergerac, Potiche), a nearly illiterate man in his 50s who is considered the village idiot, takes a walk to the park and happens to sit beside Margueritte (Gisele Casadesus, Sarah’s Key), a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She’s articulate, highly intelligent and frail. Germain is lured by Margueritte’s passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always felt excluded. As Margueritte broadens his mind via reading excerpts from her novel, Germain realizes that he is more of an intellectual than he has ever allowed himself to be. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite bench transform their lives and start them both on a new journey to literacy and respect for Germain, and to the deepest friendship for Margueritte.
It's determined to look on the bright side. The film isn't about the actor's intelligence. It's about his emotional radiance. --Boston Globe
excellent…a pleasure to watch --The New York Times
a movie of heart, soul and love --The Huffington Post
Very well done, charming, ending delightful, not clean sexually.
First, applaud the 2 main actors, Gerard Depardieu and, I believe the older woman was Gisele Casadesus,... Read more
Sweet, touching, everyone's story whose parents were too damaged to seem to care for them. Life is hard, and then, redemption.Published 2 days ago by Nancy
This story kinda reminds me of Driving Mis. Daisy. Love, friendship, companionship in the most unexpected way.
A warm and fuzzy story.
The male lead character is overdone and ridiculous.....like a giant, mentally retarded Bob's Big Boy....horrible.....Published 3 days ago by Greenfairy
An uplifting movie about intergenerational relationships with a positive message.Published 4 days ago by John A.