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Release Year: 2015

Rating: 7.1/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Xavier Giannoli

Stars: Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau

Paris, 1920s. Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy woman, lover of the music and the opera. She loves to sing for her friends, although she's not a good singer. Both her friends and her husband have kept her fantasy. The problem begins when she decides to perform in front of a real audience.

Writers: Xavier Giannoli, Xavier Giannoli, Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau, Catherine Frot, André Marcon, Michel Fau, Christa Théret, Denis Mpunga, Sylvain Dieuaide, Aubert Fenoy, Sophia Leboutte, Théo Cholbi, Astrid Whettnall, Vincent Schmitt, Christian Pereira, Martine Pascal, Grégoire Strecker, Jean-Yves Tual, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Catherine Frot - Marguerite Dumont
André Marcon - Georges Dumont
Michel Fau - Atos Pezzini
Christa Théret - Hazel
Denis Mpunga - Madelbos
Sylvain Dieuaide - Lucien Beaumont
Aubert Fenoy - Kyrill Von Priest
Sophia Leboutte - Félicité la barbue
Théo Cholbi - Diego
Astrid Whettnall - Françoise Bellaire
Vincent Schmitt - Le médecin
Christian Pereira - Militaire récital
Martine Pascal - La colonel
Grégoire Strecker - Michel Aurenbach
Jean-Yves Tual - Monsieur Taupe

Taglines: Cover your ears and open your heart


Official Website: Official Site | Official site [Japan]

Country: France, Czech Republic, Belgium

Language: French

Release Date: 3 Jan 2015

Filming Locations: Czech Republic

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The film had more than 1 million admissions in France. See more »

User Review



From a true story, you have here the tale of a pearl lost in a sea of mud. The mud of hypocrisy, lie and trickery. The tale of an eccentric and wealthy woman who is married to a rich business man who cheats her with a mistress. An eccentric lady played by the outstanding Catherine Frot who has only one dream in life: singing opera, recitals, not in front of wide audiences but circles of music lovers who fake to be her friends. Those "friends" who let her think she is a great singer whilst she sings totally FALSE. Here, the audience is also guilty to laugh at this poor naive woman. Me too laughed and I am ashamed of myself. It's a genuine sad, painful story, I assure you. Catherine Frot has never been better, she gives here a terrific performance. I also appreciated the black butler character whom we at first think of him that he is Frot's close friend and dedicated house keeper. But as the film continues it appears that his behaviour is rather weird, even disgusting. During all this powerful drama I thought of Mark Robson's THE HARDER THEY FALL; the only difference is that this old movie took place in the boxing business. But for the rest, it's the same scheme. Go to see this very good feature showing how a pure pearl got drowned into an ocean of mud. The human mud.


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