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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
A warm sensitive story about a man who learned the joys of life.Published 7 days ago by Milagros solomo.
While this was a touching story, it dragged a bit through most of it. The ending was sweet but sappy. (I won't reveal it here, but it was kind of abruptly finished. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Susan D. Lucas
The acting was not very good. It was boring I would not recommendPublished 8 days ago by James Schenk
Loved the movie as I'm French and enjoy watching French movies!
The picture was clear and had no problems!
This movie is really good. I recommend it for just an all around feel-good movie!Published 16 days ago by KuliReviewer
Well-drawn characters in a beautiful, real story about lives of the people you know and will meet. Don't let the subtitles scare you away! Read morePublished 18 days ago by Michael R