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by Jean Becker


It's the story of one of those improbable encounters that can change the course of one's life: the encounter, in a small public garden, between Germain, fifty and barely literate, and Marguerite, a little old lady passionate about reading. Forty years and 220 pounds separate them. One day, purely by chance, Germain sits down beside Marguerite. She'll go on to read aloud extracts from novels and thereby allow him to discover the magic of books, from which Germain imagined he was excluded for life. Until then, his family circle and drinking buddies took him for an idiot; stupidity will now change places! But Marguerite is losing her sight. For the love of this charming, mischievous and caring grandmother, Germain will teach himself and show her that he's capable of reading aloud to her when she is no longer able to do so herself.

original title: La Tête en friche
country: France
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Jean Becker
release date: FR 02/06/2010, BE 23/06/2010, NL 29/07/2010, DE 06/01/2011
screenplay: Jean-Loup Dabadie, Jean Becker
cast: Gérard Depardieu, Gisèle Casadesus, Maurane, Patrick Bouchitey, Jean-François Stévenin, Sophie Guillemin, Claire Maurier
cinematography by: Arthur Cloquet
film editing: Jacques Witta
art director: Thérèse Ripaud
costumes designer: Annie Perier
producer: Louis Becker
production: Ice 3, DD Productions
distributor: StudioCanal, Cinéart, Cinéart Netherlands B.V., Concorde Filmverleih

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