Dir. Xavier Giannoli, 2015, 119 min
With Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau
In French, English, and Italian with English subtitles
Every year, Marguerite Dumont invites an array of music lovers to gather at her lavish château outside of Paris to celebrate her passion for singing while raising money for a good cause. Her background and the source of her money mystify the roaring twenties crowd, but most peculiar is her voice. It’s terrible. The more ardently she projects the worse she sounds. For years Marguerite has been living in a bubble, reinforced by a hypocritical audience, who unbeknownst to her, is only looking for a good laugh. When a provocative journalist further exploits Marguerite’s delusions by writing a rave review, she decides to mount her first public recital. Loosely based on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, Marguerite won four César Awards, including Best Actress for Catherine Frot.
“A pitch-perfect comedy…” – Variety
“Wise, great-spirited and wonderfully enjoyable” – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
“CRITICS’ PICK” – The New York Times
“IMPRESSIVE… Catherine Frot in a heartbreaking and hilarious performance…” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times