Marie's Story

Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris
Film Movement
2014
94 Minutes
France
French
Drama
French Language, Disability, Religion/Spirituality, Christianity, Biography
Not Rated
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At the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential, and despite her Mother Superior’s skepticism, vows to bring the wild young thing out of the darkness into which she was born. Based on true events, Marie’s Story recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love.

"Highly recommended" - Video Librarian

Institutional Features

Making-of Featurette\n\nIncludes Assisted Audio Track for the Visually Impaired\n\nBonus short: Motherly, directed by Navid Nikkhah Azad

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

DVD Features

Making-of Featurette\n\nIncludes Assisted Audio Track for the Visually Impaired\n\nBonus short: Motherly, directed by Navid Nikkhah Azad

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "...this film is beautiful in its dappled-sunshine light, and powerful in the story of transformation that it tells. And Rivoire, a deaf French student who had never acted before, makes Marie both fierce and achingly vulnerable. Toward the end, we see her outside as snow gently falls; she reaches out, touching the flakes, rejoicing in something she somehow knows is joy."
    Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times
  • Highest Rating
    "Marie’s Story is lovely and sweet, sad and uplifting.... it satisfies them nicely with vivid performances, beautiful imagery, and compassionate direction."
    Sean Axmaker, Seattle Weekly
  • Highest Rating
    "An assured, emotionally satisfying French offering. Carré...plays her determined character with moving obstinacy and grace."
    Peter Debruge, Variety

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