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My Afternoons with Marguerite (2010)

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An unexpected late-night treat, this. A semi-literate labourer (Depardieu) meets a much older lady of 95 who shares his love of the local pigeon population and she introduces him to the joys of reading great literature. When she is losing her sight, he starts reading to her. This is a short (75-minute) feature from the venerable Jean Becker, with a beguiling sense of what it means to be a mother – Depardieu’s is a bitch, it seems, until a wholly surprising ending. What a wonderful treatise on ageing this is.

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