REVIEW: by Peter Nichols | A+
We love MARGUERITE. It is emotional, deeply moving and empathic
Marguerite is a live action short by writer and director Marianne Farley. Marguerite is about an ageing woman (Béatrice Picard) and her nurse (Sandrine Bisson) who grow a friendship that inspires Marguerite to unearth an old unacknowledged longing thus help her make peace with her past.
The revelation that her nurse, Rachel is dating a woman and not a man, shocks Marguerite at first but it slowly opens her up to the changing times and inspires her to unearth an unacknowledged longing about another woman Ceclie, whom she loved but never told. And both Marguerite and Rachel find some way to connect deeply and learn from each other’s experience.
Marguerite is an emtional film about regret, love, kindness, desire and empathy.
Marianne Farley’s vision to showcase the women’s needs, desires and aspirations are played out vividly on screen. She has told a story about a woman who breaks free from shackles: rules and conditioning that society has imposed on her, even if only for this one moment with Rachel.
Marguerite’s beautiful cinematography was created by Marc Simpson-Threlford and the music by Julien Knafo. Marguerite was produced by Marie-Hélène Panisset and is represented by H264 Distribution.
Final Grade A+
- Best Live Action Short at RIIFF 2018 – RIIFF’s official academy award nomination
- Best International Narrative Short at Kashish 2018
- Audience Award at Zinegoak Bilbao International Festival 2018
- Best International Actress (B. Picard) at Short Shorts Japan Film Festival 2018
- Best Short Film at Mix Milano Film Festival 2018
- Jury Award for Best Short Film at Long Beach Qfilm Festival 2018
- Audience Award (Best Short Film Female) at Filmout San Diego Film Festival 2018
- Audience Award (Best Short Film) at Queer Screen Film Festival Australia 2018
- Audience Award (Best Short Film) at Luststreifen Film Festival Switzerland 2018
- Audience Award (Best Short Film) at Proud Film Festival Denmark 2018
- Jury Award (Best Short Film Female) at Filmout San Diego Film Festival 2018
- Jury Award for Best Short Film at Twist Seattle Queer Film Festival 2018
- Best Actress in a Short Award (B. Picard) at VIWIFF 2018
- Best Drama at NYC independent Film Festival 2018
- Best Supporting Actress (S. Bisson) at NYC Independent Film Festival 2018
- Sequences Prize at the Prends ça Court Gala 2018
- Best Women’s International Short at the NCGLFF 2018
- Vital Prize at the Prends ça Court Gala 2018
- Uda Prize (Best Actress for Béatrice Picard) at the Prends ça Court Gala 2018
- Best Women’s Short Audience Award at Wicked Queer 2018
- Best Queer Short Film at Provincetown International Film Festival 2018
- Best LGBTQ Film – Youth Film Jury Award at RIIFF 2018
- Celebration of Courage Award at Out Here Now Kansas City 2018
- FTCMN Prize at the Prends ça Court Gala 2018
- La Vague Prize for Best Canadian Short Film at the FICFA 2017
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