"...this film is beautiful in its dappled-sunshine light, and powerful in the story of transformation that it tells. And Rivoire, a deaf French student who had never acted before, makes Marie both fierce and achingly vulnerable. Toward the end, we see her outside as snow gently falls; she reaches out, touching the flakes, rejoicing in something she somehow knows is joy."
– Seattle Times,
"Marie's Story is lovely and sweet, sad and uplifting.... it satisfies them nicely with vivid performances, beautiful imagery, and compassionate direction."
– Seattle Weekly,
"An assured, emotionally satisfying French offering. Carré...plays her determined character with moving obstinacy and grace."
At the turn of the 19th century, a humble artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter and avoid sending her to an asylum, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute in central France, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls. There, the idealistic Sister Marguerite sees in Marie a unique potential, and despite her Mother Superior's skepticism, vows to bring the wild young thing out of the darkness into which she was born. Based on true events, Marie's Story recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love.
Alan Kobrin - Customer Review
THIS ... is great cinema. A story, feelings, empathy, beauty ... an achievement. This of course will be compared to the Helen Keller Story, and appropriately so. that was a fine film unto itself. This is a different person's story, but about the same challenges and dilemma under other circumstances. But the underlying drama of gathering knowledge, insight, meaning and communication may be even more poignant here. It hardly matters. The way this story is told is simply marvelous, and felt deep in one's chest and soul as you witness the unfolding of a deep miracle, and all that is implied with it