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My Afternoons with Margueritte

Friday, February 15, 2013  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, February 16, 2013  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 17, 2013  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center

Germain (Gérard Depardieu) is a nearly illiterate man in his 50s who lives in a small French town where he is regarded as the village idiot. He takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Margueritte (Gisele Casadesus), an articulate, highly intelligent and frail little lady who is reading excerpts from a novel aloud. There are 40 years and 200 pounds of difference between them, but Germain is taken with Margueritte’s passion for life and the magic of literature, from which he has always felt excluded. As Margueritte's reading broadens his mind, Germain realizes that he has more intellect than he has ever allowed himself to realize. Their afternoons reading aloud on their favorite park 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. Based on the novel by Marie-Sabine Roger.

Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Film Society

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.


France 2010
83 minutes
French and Flemish subtitled in English
Not rated
Directed by Jean Becker


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