FRANCE • DRAMA • 127 MINS • 2015 • M
DIRECTOR: XAVIER GIANNOLI
CAST: CATHERINE FROT, ANDRÉ MARCON, DENIS MPUNGA, CHRISTA THÉRET
Wealthy Marguerite Dumont (the multi-award winning Catherine Frot) loves to sing passionately for an avid crowd of friends and devotees. The only problem is she’s terrible!
Marguerite is kept in the dark about her extreme lack of talent by her husband (André Marcon, Tour de Force – Festival 2014) and butler (Denis Mpunga, Dead ManTalking). However, an unexpected rave review leads her to plan a public recital – so how can the charade possibly continue?
As a web of deceit and delusion unfolds, Marguerite’s mammoth performance will fascinate, appal and amuse, often all at once. Based on the notoriously awful vocal career of Florence Foster Jenkins, director Xavier Giannoli has made a delectably sharp and mischievous satire which is the opposite of his previous serious exploration of music performance, The Singer. A merciless dissection of class pretensions, this was a resounding favourite on the Lido at the Venice International Film Festival in 2015.
Consummately filmed, richly complex and cringingly hilarious, this is one for all lovers of fine cinema done well, and great music done very badly.