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Marie, the Doll (1976)

Marie-poupée (original title)
Marie is a 17-year old who was orphaned as a young girl. as a result, she has a tad of arrested development that makes her act much younger than her age. One day she looks in a store window... See full summary »

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Joël Séria

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Joël Séria
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeanne Goupil ... Marie / Wife
André Dussollier ... Claude / Husband
Andréa Ferréol ... Ida / Pierre's wife
François Perrot ... Pierre / Claude's friend-teacher
Bernard Fresson ... Sergio / bricoleur / handyman
Marie Mergey Marie Mergey ... Germaine / Claude's servant
Marius Laurey Marius Laurey ... Charles / Claude's servant
Fanny Ardant ... Marie-Paule / George's wife
Pierre Londiche Pierre Londiche ... George / Marie-Paule's husband
Alain Flick Alain Flick ... Biclo / Marie's friend
Pierre Forget Pierre Forget ... Charlot / Sergio's friend
Dominique Lavanant Dominique Lavanant ... Tante Alice
Jean-Paul Muel Jean-Paul Muel ... Le prêtre / the priest
Nathalie Drivet ... Françoise / Marie's friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Isabelle Cagnat Isabelle Cagnat
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Marie is a 17-year old who was orphaned as a young girl. as a result, she has a tad of arrested development that makes her act much younger than her age. One day she looks in a store window displaying various dolls. Claude the affluent store owner, sees her and becomes infatuated which leads to her and him meeting and deciding to go and take a look at Claude personal doll collection at his house. Marie unaware of Claude unhealthy obsession with dolls, decides to marry him. Written by expendaworzt

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Language:

French

Release Date:

25 August 1976 (France) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Dull, creepy and immobile, like its subject matter
12 September 2016 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

"Marie, the Doll" is a weird, quasi-art-house, quasi-horror movie. It's about a disturbing relationship between two dysfunctional people who each compliment the other's strangeness. But what does the movie think about their situation? Why was it deemed worthy of an almost two hour long movie? The movie doesn't exploit the situation for thrills or psychological exploration. It just shows it, leaves it as it is for about an hour and a quarter, and then provides a rushed conclusion I'm struggling to remember the details of.

Being left with a creepy relationship like the one at the centre of this movie - a guy who loves dolls falls for a girl who behaves like one - becomes pretty unpleasant when the movie does nothing with it. This can work with social problems that are portrayed realistically: the movie serves a purpose by informing you like a documentary. But I don't believe the situation at the heart of this movie is common enough to stand on its own, immobile, for almost two hours.


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