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by Jean-Pierre Améris


Based on real-life events that took place in the late nineteenth century, Marie Heurtin follows the story of a deaf and blind fourteen-year-old girl who can’t communicate with the outside world. Despite the advice of a doctor who believes she is “dumb”, Marie’s father, a humble artisan, cannot bring himself to commit her to an asylum. Out of despair, he takes her to the Larnay Institute near Poitiers where nuns take care of young deaf women. Her Mother Superior’s scepticism not withstanding, Sister Marguerite, a young nun, takes Marie under her wing and does everything she can to bring her out of her darkness.

international title: Marie's Story
original title: Marie Heurtin
country: France
sales agent: Indie Sales
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Jean-Pierre Améris
release date: FR 12/11/2014, DE 1/01/2015, SK 29/01/2015, ES 01/04/2015, IT 03/03/2016
screenplay: Jean-Pierre Améris, Philippe Blasband
cast: Isabelle Carré, Brigitte Catillon, Laure Duthilleul, Martine Gautier, Sonia Laroze, Patricia Legrand, Christophe Tourrette
cinematography by: Virginie Saint-Martin
art director: Vincent Dizien
producer: Denis Carot, Sophie Révil
production: Escazal Films
distributor: Diaphana Distribution, Filmcoopi Zürich AG, Barracuda Movie, A Contracorriente Films, Concorde Filmverleih


main awards/selection

Festival del film Locarno 2014 Piazza Grande

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