French drama starring Gerard Depardieu and Gisele Casadesus. Germain Chazes is a middle-aged loner who lives in a van outside his mother's home and does odd jobs for a living. When he meets Marguerite, a highly cultured and well-read elderly woman living in a nearby retirement home, she introduces him to her passion for literature. As Germain's desire to learn to read is ignited, a deep bond develops between the unlikely pair.
- My Afternoons with Margueritte review by RS
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A short, snappy film, hard to categorise and full of tangential delights. The French title, poorly served by its English translation, roughly means The Uncultivated Head. This refers to the uneducated Gerard Depardieu, who meets an old lady who teaches him about words and literature. Sounds like a yawn but it's anything but. Director Jean Becker populates the picture with a host of entertaining characters and Depardieu's struggle with both dictionaries and life is totally engrossing. As warm-hearted a film as only the French seem able to make, you'll be rooting for happy endings for everyone.