Marie’s Story

Rivoire is a revelation - showing what it's like to be in, and then break out of, a world of total darkness and silence...[the film’s] a miracle.


Marie’s Story

At the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute in central France, run by an order of Catholic nuns. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential, and despite her Mother Superior's skepticism, vows to bring the wild young thing out of the darkness into which she was born. Based on true events, Marie's Story recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love.

"An assured, emotionally satisfying French offering. Carré...plays her determined character with moving obstinacy and grace." – Peter Debruge, Variety
Not Rated
Bio-pic, Drama
Jean-Pierre Améris
Philippe Blasband, Jean-Pierre Améris
Ariana Rivoire
Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

A French nun with the lovely if determined countenance of actress Isabelle Carre takes an uncontrollable deaf and blind country girl under her wing in Marie's Story (Marie Heurtin), a pastoral biopic set during the fin-de-siecle that portrays the saintly patience needed to teach sign language to ...

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