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Marie’s Story (Film) Review

 
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Length: 95 minute
 
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A heartwarming story that is appropriate for all ages.

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The film is entirely in French, so be prepared to read subtitles.


Final Fiendish Findings?

“You and I were more than friends.” Marie’s Story is an inspiring film based on the true story of a young blind and deaf girl whose world was completely opened up by the kindliness of an ill nun. As the film begins, we see Marie being brought to the school for the deaf that is […]

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Posted September 27, 2015 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

“You and I were more than friends.”

Marie’s Story is an inspiring film based on the true story of a young blind and deaf girl whose world was completely opened up by the kindliness of an ill nun. As the film begins, we see Marie being brought to the school for the deaf that is being run by a group of nuns. Her desperate father has strapped her into the wagon and even carries her around, and the situation is noticeably dire. The headmistress informs him that they are unable to help Marie, as the school is only for the deaf.

Kind Marguerette, the nun who is asked to bring Marie down from the tree she has climbed, immediately takes a liking to Marie, and begs to be allowed to teach her. Though her superior warns her that it might prove to be a fatal task for someone as ill as Marguerette, she is finally given leave to follow her calling. As viewers witness Marie and Marguerette’s trial ridden trip back to the convent, they see Marguerite beginning to grasp just how monumental a task she has undertaken. Blind and deaf since birth, Marie is completely unable to communicate in any way, and has no understanding of the people around her. She is given to fits about everything from wearing shoes to using a fork – and who can blame her? She has no idea why any of these things are being done to her, locked inside her own prison of silence and dark.

Helping Marie will be no quick and easy task. As the months pass by with little breakthrough, Marguerette doggedly keeps on, until finally she is able to begin getting through to Marie. And just when all fear that there is no hope for the young woman, a miracle occurs – Marie signs her first word. With this understanding that the items and people around her have meaning, and that she can communicate with others, Marie makes great strides. Unfortunately, just as Marie is blossoming, Marguerette’s health is failing. Will the loss of her teacher set Marie back?

Marie’s Story is a heartwarming one, that really makes the viewers feel for the characters. Marie’s desperate situation, and Marguerette’s unwavering devotion make for gripping characters – and the film sugarcoats nothing, allowing viewers to see just how difficult a situation it was. It’s an engaging story that tugs at your heartstrings – and it’s family friendly as well (though the subtitles make it more for viewers of a reading age).


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)