French Lunch and Film

Dejeuner (French lunch) and Film: my afternoons with MARGUERITTE

My AFternoons w Margueritte vertical

Location: Santa Fe Council on International Relations

413 Grant Avenue, Suite D

Cost: $20 includes lunch (provided by Clafoutis) and film

Discussion to follow the movie, facilitated by CIR Board Member, Rob Reider.


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This event is currently sold out.  If you are still interested in attending, please call the CIR office: 505-982-4931.


My Afternoons with Margueritte (French: La tête en friche) is a 2010 French film based on the book of the same name by

Marie-Sabine Roger. It stars Gerard Depardieu and Gisele Casadesus.

Germain is a 45-year-old illiterate handyman and he has not had much luck in his early life. He was the target of insults and ridicule at school because he was a slow reader. His mother, who unintentionally became pregnant, treated him cruelly.  One afternoon, on a park bench, Germain meets Margueritte, a delicate 95-year-old lady who feeds the same 14 pigeons as he does. She is highly educated, has traveled the world with the World Health Organization and has spent her life reading literature.

She now lives in a retirement home. Because reading terrifies Germain, Margueritte begins toread The Plague by Albert Camus aloud to him. This is the first time that he starts to understandthe beauty of words by using his imagination. The symbolism Camus used in this philosophicalnovel  leads Germain to think things that he has never thought about before. The pair meet every day to continue their reading sessions.  A healing friendship develops that impacts both of their lives.

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Clafoutis is the next best thing to being in Paris!  The owner/chef, Philippe Ligier, is a classically trained baker who creates luscious pastries, breads, crepes, sandwiches, soups and quiches that are simply wonderful. This little slice of the French countryside in Santa Fe is your best source for classic French bistro fare.