»Reinventing Marvin« begins with an intimate, poetic sequence, where the gaze of the camera caresses the athletic body of a young man. Anne Fontaine’s heartfelt drama tells the story of a young boy who escapes his narrow-minded family home in the countryside to pursuit his own personal happiness. The titular process of reinvention includes coming-of-age as well as coming out.
 
This rainbow-colored bildungsroman follows Marvin from his first awkward glances at swimming schoolboys to his acting career in Paris. On the road to self-realization we meet bullies and intolerance as well as helpful friends and a mentor in the form of Isabelle Huppert playing herself. Past and present struggles are interwoven through intricate flashbacks, and although the journey is treacherous, the movie succeeds in bringing courage to people like Marvin – forced as they are to reinvent worlds to become themselves. With this empowering piece of contemporary cinema, Anne Fontaine earned the Queer Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

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Title
Reinventing Marvin
Director
Anne Fontaine
Country
France
Length
115 min
Festival
2017
Section
Icons
Language
French
Subtitle
English subtitles
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2017
Original title
Marvin
Cast
Finnegan Oldfield, Isabelle Huppert, Charles Mouchet, Rebecca James, Vincent Macaigne, Catherine Salée, Grégory Gadebois, Philippe Ohrel, Ian McCamy
Producer
Philippe Carcassone, Pierre-Alexandre Schwab
Script
Anne Fontaine, Pierre Trividic
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