Marguerite, a film that made its debut at the 72th International Venice Film Festival, has all it takes to be a very moving film. Firstly, its director, Xavier Giannoli, the man who made L’imposteur with François Cluzet ands films impostors like no other. Secondly, its story. Loosely inspired by the tragic fate of Florence Foster-Jenkins, a billionaire who fancied herself an opera singer and saw her dreams shattered by musical critics after her first and last recital at the Carnegie Hall, on 25, October 1944.
The film tells the story of fictional baroness Marguerite Dumont, a touching Castafiore who loves classical music and opera. A genuinely kind woman with her heart on her sleeve, she organises small charity concerts to the benefit of WWI orphans attended by the Tout-Paris of the 20’s, and no one is honest or kind enough to tell her that her voice is terrible.
So she believes in her dream, she believes in her hype, dreaming of grand spectacles, great venues and recitals, and Xavier Giannoli let us believe that she’s end up completely broken, like the subjects of dadaist paintings.
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