Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Marie's Story
(Marie Heurtin)

Year: 2014
Country: FRANCE
Run Time: 94 minutes

Marie's Story
Marie's Story
Marie's Story
Marie's Story
Marie's Story
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Little Marie Heurtin is an imprisoned soul. Born blind and deaf in late 18th-century France (five years after Helen Keller), she reaches toward sunlight like a flower. Now 13, she sniffs and howls like a dog, letting no one but her father touch her. Marie is deposited at a school for deaf girls, where Sister Marguerite (marvelous Isabelle Carré) takes on the dual challenges of communicating and taming her. Marguerite refuses to let her own debilitating lung condition constrain her, grappling with her young charge to the point of exhaustion. Literally tethered to one another, the women engage in a very physical battle for understanding. How to explain there is a word for every object, much less the concepts of music, or death, or God? Gradually Marguerite introduces Marie to the wonders of the world, where all living things pulsate under their fingers. Newcomer Ariana Rivoire is absolutely riveting, imbuing MARIE’S STORY with life and love. (In French and French Sign Language with subtitles) – B.B.

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Sidebars
Focus on Disabilities
Women of the World

Director
Jean-Pierre Améris

Jean-Pierre Améris was born in Lyon, Rhône, France and attended the Paris film school L'IDHEC.

Filmography
"The Marriage Boat" (1993), "Les aveux de l'innocent" (1996), "Bad Company" (1999), "C'est la vie" (2001), "Lightweight" (2004), "Call Me Elisabeth" (2006), "Romantics Anonymous" (2010), "The Man Who Laughs" (2012), MARIE'S STORY (2014)

Producers
Dennis Carot, Sophie Revil

Screenwriting
Jean-Pierre Améris, Philippe Blasband

Cinematography
Virginie Saint-Martin

Editing
Anne Souriau

Principal Cast
Isabelle Carré, Ariana Rivoire, Brigitte Catillon, Noemi Churlet, Gilles Treton, Laure Duthilleul

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