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The French Cinémathèque at the Avalon Theatre Presents: Marguerite

The monthly French Cinémathèque series at the Avalon Theatre, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, presents the screening of the 2015 film Marguerite by Xavier Giannoli.

In 1921, like every year, Marguerite Dumont gathers music lovers around a great cause at her castle near Paris. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune. Protected by a conspiracy of silence orchestrated by her husband and her butler and driver, Madelbos, Marguerite lives inside a bubble. The hypocrite audience, always coming in for a good laugh, acts as if she was the diva she believes she is.

When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. This gives her the courage she needs to follow her dream.

Inspired by the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, a socialite and untalented American amateur opera singer who performed for members of her wealthy social circle, Marguerite is both a comical and a dramatic portrait of an unusual woman.

In French with English subtitles.

The monthly French Cinémathèque series at the Avalon Theatre takes places every third Wednesday of the month.

The French Cinémathèque series by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States is made possible through a generous grant from TV5Monde.

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