“Maria dream”: between lightness and emotion
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There is no age to dream. The friendly romantic comedy Maria rêve, in which actress Karin Viard slips into the skin of a fifty-year-old who emancipates herself through contact art, proves it in a very beautiful way.
Maria (Karin Viard), in her fifties, is bored in her tidy little life. Married for 25 years, reserved and awkward, she has worked full-time for several years as a housekeeper for an elderly lady. When she dies suddenly, Maria quickly finds a new job as a housekeeper at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
For this discreet mother, who writes poems in secret, discovering this new world will be a revelation.
By dint of rubbing shoulders with free and open-minded young budding artists, Maria will drop her shyness to regain her self-esteem and eventually fall under the spell of Hubert (Grégory Gadebois), the school janitor. But can she afford to draw a line under 25 years of marriage to live this new love affair?
C' is a magnificent portrait of a woman offered by French directors Lauriane Escaffre and Yvo Muller with this first feature film filled with tenderness and humor.
All in finesse, Maria dreams > stages a touching love story between characters (a cleaning lady and a concierge) who are too rarely featured in the cinema.
Offering performances full of nuances, between lightness and emotion, Karin Viard and Grégory Gadebois embody an utterly charming couple.
A nice surprise.
The film is currently showing in the cinemas of Quebec.
- Maria dreams ★★★1⁄2
A film by Lauriane Escaffre and Yvo Muller
With Karin Viard, Grégory Gade wood and Noée Abita