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Marguerite

NARRATIVE | 15 – 20 MIN. | CAREGIVERS, LGBTQ+, OLDER ADULTS

An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to make peace with the past.

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Write a letter or email to an old friend who you have thought about. If there are unresolved issues or feelings, try to address those first, but then be sure to tell them how they helped or impacted you. End the letter with an invitation to sustain the correspondence.

Meet the Filmmaker

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Marianne Farley is a director/screenwriter, producer, and actress from Montreal, Canada. Although she began her career as a singer, in 1997 her acting work started garnering attention. Fully bilingual, she has performed in a variety of projects in Canada, the U.S., and even Finland. 

A true lover of the seventh art, Marianne has also produced four short films and is currently developing two features, one as a producer and one as a director. In August of 2014, more than ready to bring her artistic vision to the next level, she directed her first short film, Ransack (Saccage), which has been selected by numerous film festivals throughout the world.

Marianne has a passion for profound yet simple storytelling. Her experience as an actress drives every decision she makes as a director. The characters must propel the story forward in the truth of the moment. In November 2015 she studied writing with Dara Marks and Deb Norton (Engaging The Feminine Heroic) and it opened her up to a whole new perspective on writing for women.

In December 2016, Marianne shot her second short film Marguerite, which she also wrote.

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WHY THEY MADE THE FILM

As the story unfolds in a film, characters transform. That fascinated me as a child. As a filmmaker I continue to be amazed by the potential power of this transformation. My passion lies in  finding a theme that is so universal it can touch each person in their core. In all of my projects how characters connect intimately is the driving  force behind the story. The idea that two people can inspire each other and impact each other’s life in a meaningful way affects me deeply and ignites my creativity. With MARGUERITE, I wanted to make a unifying film. I wanted to introduce a conversation about LGBTQ issues and the elderly, uncover loneliness and regret and embrace human vulnerabilities. I was inspired by the idea that a short film could act as a bridge between people of different generations and of different communities.  Hate crimes against the LGBTQ community are rising. Because of this I felt an urgent need to bring this sensitive and touching story of intimate connection to the screen. I am a passionate defender of human rights. I believe wholeheartedly that only love, empathy and compassion can conquer discrimination and injustice.  MARGUERITE stems from that conviction. It is a film about love, kindness, desire and changing times.

Your Turn: What did YOU think of this film?

4 Comments

  1. Hen Weder

    Two women; Marguerite, old and nearing the end of her life, and Rachel, young and full of promise find poignancy and beauty in their sharing. How perfectly beautiful is that?

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  2. Bray Vaughan

    I’m not going to lie— I cried like a baby… both times that I watched it. Obviously, it hit a nerve, but it’s even more miraculous because I haven’t cried in years. Have felt frozen for so long. I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say this short film might change the trajectory of my life. Risk more, love more. Thank you.

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  3. barry

    heartbreakingly beautiful. it’s so tough, to be lonely..

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