The setting of this film is the turn of the 19th century and is based on true events. Sister Marguerette Germain meets 14 year-old Marie Heurtin when her parents bring her to the Larnay Institute in central France where Sister Margurerette lives. An order of Catholic nuns manages a school for deaf girls. Marie was born both blind and deaf just 5 years after Helen Keller. One difference is that Helen Keller didn’t lose her sight and sound until she was 19 months old. Keller was able to communicate in a limited way with another girl before meeting Anne Sullivan. Marie likes to climb trees and her parents are unable to communicate with her, bathe her, change her clothes or get her to wear shoes. Her parents don’t want to send her to an asylum and so far this has been the only place that will accept her. The Mother Superior is skeptical that they will be able to make progress with Marie and she sends her home. Sister Marguerite convinces Mother Superior that she can help Marie. Sister Marguerite goes to Marie’s home to return her to the Institute. Marie was born in 1885 and she died in 1921.
Marie loves her parents and she trusts them but they didn’t know how to help her. Sister Marguerette loves Marie as much as her parents and she also builds a trust with Marie. Love, trust and determination are the keys to opening up communication with Marie. Sister Marguerette has the necessary qualities of resiliency, patience and perseverance to take on the challenge of Marie. I found it interesting that the diet of the students and the sisters is probably vegetarian and is from their garden harvest with the addition of bread. Some of the items they grow are tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, peas and eggplant. 4* (I really liked this movie)
95 min, Bio directed by Jean-Pierre Ameris with Isabell Carre, Ariana Rivoire, Brigitte Catillon, Noemie Churlet, Gilles Treton, Laure Duthilleul, Martin Gautier, Patricia Legrand, Sonia Laroze, Valerie Leroux, Fany Buy.
Note: Imdb 7.5 out of 10, 70% critic 80% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.9* out of 5* with 50 reviews, The Washington Post 2* out of 4*.
Special Note: Actress Ariana Rivoire is deaf but not blind. This film won the Variety Piazza Grand Award at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival held in the city of Locarno, Switzerland since 1946.
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