Marguerite is a film inspired by the life of Florence Foster Jenkins. This heartwarming comedy drama comes to UK cinemas 18 March. Catch it at a cinemas around the country. Further informaton on where can be found HERE.
1921: not far from Paris, a party is being held at the famous Marguerite Dumont’s mansion. Nobody knows much about the mysterious Marguerite except that she has devoted her whole life to her passion: music. As she takes centre stage, she sings enthusiastically but terribly out of tune.
When a provocative young journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. This gives her the courage she needs to follow her dream – to perform in front of a crowd of complete strangers.
Featuring a powerhouse performance from Catherine Frot, Marguerite is a touching and lighthearted feast for the ears. A runaway success in its native France, and featuring music from Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi, Marguerite will live in your heart long after the credits roll.
Director: Xavier Giannoli.
Starring: Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau. France/Czech Republic/Belgium 2015. 129 mins. In French with English subtitles.
Watch the diners’ reaction when a lovers’ restaurant row takes an operatic turn!
About the film
After its acclaimed world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival, Marguerite has proved a critical and commercial success in France, with more than 1 million admissions to date.
Driven by Frot’s magnetic star turn, Giannoli’s film navigates that tricky terrain between uproarious comedy and humane pathos. Moving along at a deft pace, the film combines gorgeous visuals, set design and costumes, a witty script, and music ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.
Director Xavier Giannoli was instantly intrigued when he heard a recording of Florence Foster Jenkins’ singing on the radio. After carrying out much research on the real character, he wrote a fictional script transposing the story to 1920s France, a pivotal time and place for both artistic and personal freedom. “I love characters that are single-minded and obsessive by nature. They carry the whole film along with their personality and give it tension, pace and perspective. Marguerite is living her passion: she experiences the joys and the suffering that go hand in hand with a life dedicated to music. She sings completely out of tune yet she expresses a furious desire.”
Read more about Florence Foster Jenkins on Wikipedia
Giannoli said of his inspiration: “It all started with a voice, a documentary on “Opera Fanatics.” Amongst these eccentrics, the silhouette of an American diva from the 40’s with angel wings on her back and a little girl’s diadem on her head. But the diva was out of tune, so out of tune that she ruined major works from the repertoire. And yet she sang wholeheartedly, with all her body and all her innocence, and obviously unaware of how off-key she was. It was both very funny and cruel. Moving, too. I investigated this story and soon felt the need to distance myself from it, as if to better express
what originally moved me in it.
I imagined the portrait of Marguerite Dumont, a rich provincial music lover in Paris in the 1920’s, who only kept from her joyful model the rickety voice and the fragility. The story will be about a lost illusion and the embodiment of a life, for better or for worse, funny and tragic. A singular destiny, eccentric and sensitive, which I hope tells us about what life, and maybe cinema, are.”