Maria rêve | Maria Into Life
L’OR French Film Festival Aotearoa 2023
- Sat 1 Jul 2023
- Len Lye Cinema
- Rating: M
- Adult $17.50
- Student $14.00
- Senior $12.50
- Child $12.00
- Alliance Francais $15.00
- Booking essential
- o Face coverings option
- As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
- To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
- Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
The always-sensational Karin Viard (The Bélier Family) and Gregory Gadebois (Delicious) star in award-winning short filmmakers Lauriane Escaffre and Yvonnick Muller’s debut feature, an enchanting and beautifully crafted romantic comedy about a shy, unappreciated woman who finally allows herself to open up to life and love.
The kind-hearted, middle-aged Maria (Viard) works as a cleaner. Though highly devoted to her clients, her secret passion is writing poems on her daily commute, though she never shares them with anyone (least of all her indifferent husband of 25 years).
But when Maria joins the cleaning staff of Paris’ prestigious École des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts), everything changes. Within the hallways and classrooms of the hallowed institution, she discovers an exciting world of creative expression, assisted in no small part by Hubert (Gadebois), the school’s eccentric, long-time custodian. Usually reserved and discreet, Maria finds herself torn by new emotions, and must decide how much of her true self she’s prepared to reveal…
Evocatively shot on location and expertly produced by Quad Films (The Intouchables, C’est la vie), it comes as no surprise that 13-time César nominee Viard positively glows as Maria. She and Gadebois are effortlessly charming, as is the film.
FR | 2022 | Comedy | 92 min | Dir. Lauriane Escaffre and Yvo Muller | In French with English subtitles