Endearing French film for June

My Afternoons with Margueritte
On Friday 17th June, Barossa Film Club is showing an acclaimed French film from 2010 “My Afternoons with Margueritte”. “My Afternoons with Margueritte” is the story of life’s random encounters. In a small French town, Germain, a nearly illiterate man in his 50’s and considered to be the village idiot by his friends at the local bistro, takes a walk to the park one day and happens to sit beside Margueritte, a little old lady who is reading excerpts from her novel aloud. She’s articulate, highly intelligent and frail. Between Germain and Margueritte, there are 40 years and 100 kilos difference. Germain is lured by Margueritte’s passion for life and the magic of literature from which he has always felt excluded. As Margueritte broadens his mind via reading excerpts from her novel, Germain realizes that he is more of an intellectual than he has ever allowed himself to be. Afternoons spent reading aloud on their favorite 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.
Directed by Jean Becker, this film could have been over-sentimental and mawkish, but Gerard Depardieu, who plays Germain, is determined to look on the bright side. The film isn’t about the actor’s intelligence. It’s about his emotional radiance.
The evening commences at the Faith College Wine Centre at 7.30 pm with a short film followed by a break for refreshments, and then the main feature. Club membership is obtainable at the door. View the short at the Film Club website or on the Facebook page, or ring President Imelda Carson on 8564 8225 for more information.