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Marie's Story

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Inspirational subtitled film is emotionally intense.

Movie NR 2014 94 minutes
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This film is both a tearjerker and an inspirational movie based on the true story of a deaf and blind 14-year-old girl in France who is taught to communicate by a patient young nun. The acting is impressive, and the story never loses sight of this special relationship between Marie and Sister Marguerite. While it's easy enough to anticipate where the story goes, it's the journey itself that makes this worthwhile, and by being liberated to express herself to those around her, Marie is given a chance for life and dignity at a time when people with her disability would be just as likely to be left in the darkness of an asylum.

And that's what makes Marie's Story so special. At a time when the only real options for Marie's parents were to take her to an asylum or to a deaf school run by nuns, it's a testament to the resiliency, patience, and perseverance of Sister Marguerite that she would take on the challenge of teaching Marie how to communicate, when society and even the other nuns around her told her Marie was unteachable. In a time when so many movies show one-dimensional conceptions of bravery and integrity, Marie's Story shows that there are greater depths to these values and that they can be translated into film.

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