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La tête en friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte) (2011)



Critic Consensus: It's sentimental and treacly, but that's not enough to prevent My Afternoons with Margueritte from being truly affecting.

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My Afternoons with Margueritte is the story of life's random encounters. In a small French town, Germain, a nearly illiterate man in his 50's and considered to be the village idiot by his friends at the local bistro, takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Marguerite, a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She's articulate, highly intelligent and frail. Between Germain and Margueritte, there are 40 years and 200 pounds difference. 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. -- (C) Cohen Media Group

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Gisèle Casadesus
as Margueritte
as Francine
Claire Maurier
as Germain's Mother
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Critic Reviews for La tête en friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (26)

There's no reason this cliché-ridden French drama should work, but it does, and there's the beauty of it.

November 4, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A sweet puff of a film, My Afternoons With Margueritte is as disarming as it is absurd.

October 14, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

[Depardieu] is as emblematic of his country as Tom Hanks is of ours, and "My Afternoons With Margueritte" is his "Forrest Gump." Only better.

October 14, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The happy ending lays it on too thick, but what the hell: In for a dime, in for a dollar.

September 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/4

A predictable, undernourished love story.

September 23, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

It's a lovely movie.

September 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La tête en friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)


As a freelance handyman, Germain(Gerard Depardieu) leads an up and down life. On the down side, there is trying to get money out of clients for a completed job, writing his name on a war memorial and living in a trailer in clear sight of his domineering mother(Claire Maurier). At least, Annette(Sophie Guillemin), a much younger bus driver who he is dating, will spend the night with him there. As far as his afternoons go, there is Margueritte(Gisele Casadesus), an elderly woman who befriends him over lunch one day in the park. "My Afternoons with Margueritte" is a touching slice of life movie that is helped by a thoroughly lived in performance from Gerard Depardieu. As the movie states eloquently, it is about love in all of its forms, including between generations.(I still think it is weird to be called 'young man' this side of 40.) A special emphasis is given to a love of literature. For the record, Germain is not stupid, nor really slow, just uneducated, which may not be surprising considering his bad experiences with the educational system when he was growing up. And you can see what might have happened if he had a good teacher to guide him in the first place.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A thoroughly delightful little film that reminded this viewer of the inspiration he received from his grandmother that has resulted in a lifelong love of reading. Germaine (Gerard Depardieu) is a lovable oaf, with a beautiful girlfriend, a crazy mother, and a group of "friends" who delight in mocking him. Margueritte ("with two T's!") is an elderly woman who introduces Germain to the wonder of the written word after a chance meeting on a park bench. The relationship that developed between these two was juxtaposed against Germain's childhood, revealed in flashbacks, that was marked by emotional abuse from his mother and the cruel torment inflicted by a teacher. We also get to see the reaction of his friends who find him less willing to endure their taunts. This one hit all the right notes and is one I will enjoy watching again.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

An oaf (Gerard Depardieu) forms an unlikely friendship with a 95-year old woman who sees the intelligence buried inside of him. This sweet, literate character study will play well for it's target audience of little old ladies, but less well for its secondary audience of semi-literate lummoxes.

Greg S
Greg S

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