Martin Clement is about to give the performance of his life: his life story, that is, in an autobiographical stage play. As a child, young Marvin Bijoux was bullied by homophobic classmates at school and misunderstood by his often-neglectful parents, making him feel like a lonely outsider in his small rural French village. But when a kind school principal guides him to join the drama club, Marvin discovers his gifts for play-acting the misery that surrounds him. When he qualifies to attend a theatrical school, Marvin acts the role of the brash straight stud until he meets an older mentor who encourages him to acknowledge his sexuality and to exorcise his pain by putting it all on the stage.
This sweeping drama from director and co-writer Anne Fontaine (The Innocents, Coco Before Chanel) captures a life in the theater, as we see timid young Marvin (Jules Porier) blossom into adult Martin (Finnegan Oldfield, Nocturama) — with a little help along the way from Isabelle Huppert, playing herself. Fontaine masterfully spins a powerful yet subtly heartbreaking tale that reminds us that no matter how far we get from our upbringing, a piece of it remains with us always.
TUES | July 17 | DGA 1 | 7:00 PM
Director: Anne Fontaine
France | 115 minutes | 2017
French with English subtitles
Post Screening Reception:
DGA Atrium | 9:00 – 11:00 PM
Anne Fontaine is a screenwriter, and director, known for The Innocents (2016), Coco Before Chanel (2009), and Reinventing Marvin (2017). Her film Dry Cleaning won Best Screenplay at the 1997 Venice International Film Festival, while Coco Before Chanel was nominated for Cesar Awards, four BAFTA awards, three European Film Awards, and an Academy Award.