The Day Brightener

Because everyone has the right to be truly free and happy

My Afternoons with Margueritte

It is with absolute pleasure that I present the next entry in The Day Brightener Cinema – My Afternoons with Margueritte.  This is a truly beautiful film, starring Gerard Depardieu (as Germain) and Gisèle Casadesus (as Margueritte).  Here is the trailer:

The film tells the story of Germain, a middle-aged man who has lived his many years in the shadow of a Mother, teachers and friends who consider him an idiot.  However, his kind and honest heart is cherished by some special women in his life, most notably by a lovely old woman he meets in the park – Margueritte.

Germain is illiterate, rejecting reading after the horrible ridicule he experienced early in his school years.  However, with the support and encouragement of Margueritte he takes up the challenge to learn to read.  In doing so, he discovers a whole new world, a beautiful new maternal relationship, and a great new level of confidence in himself.

The film tells the story of one of those chance encounters that can change your life, and of those pure and open hearts that make our lives brighter just by their presence.

Germain  ends the film by telling us that this is a love story, but a very different one.  Instead of the usual romance this film shows the importance of:

  • the profound and pure appreciation for a person who has believed in you and helped you conquer your fears
  • the treasure which is the love of a mother – unconditional, nurturing and supportive
  • the love of yourself –  having the confidence to respect and appreciate who you are

The story is charming, but is made superb with the quality of acting.  Both Gerard and Gisele are so sincere and unpretentious, they are a pleasure to watch in action.  I also really appreciate that the producers did not succumb to the temptation to make this film more than it needed to be.  It is so delightful because of its simplicity.

Watching this film really brightened my day, not only because of the comedy involved but because of its message of hope.  It shows that there is always a way for us to grow and shine, and always an opportunity for us to repair and strengthen our relationships.  It just takes the courage to connect, with ourselves and others.

I hope that when you have a chance to watch this film that it also brings some light, hope and peace to your day.


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