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Maria Into Life

After the old lady who Maria cleaned for dies, Maria finds a cleaning job and new perspectives at the renowned Parisian Académie des Beaux-Arts.


After the old lady who Maria (Karin Viard) cleaned for dies and leaves her with nothing but a inconspicuous brass dove, Maria finds a cleaning job at the renowned Parisian Académie des Beaux-Arts. Her first mishap occurs just as she starts. Following her motto “always wash twice!“ she gets rid of dripping butter from a pedestal which turns out to be the work of a Brazilian artist. Caretaker Hubert (Grégory Gadebois), a secret hobby dancer and the sweet soul in the school, saves Maria – and replaces it with butter from the canteen. Maria, who writes poems on her way home to the suburbs, and Hubert, who tries to teach himself Elvis-like hip swings via YouTube tutorials, like each other, but Maria is married.

Directing duo Luariane Escaffre and Yvonnick Muller, who also wrote the screenplay, center a woman in her mid 50s in MARIA INTO LIFE – that alone is remarkable considering the lack of visibility of older women on-screen. Maria likes that her job makes her invisible. But at the art school, Hub and student Naomie (Noée Abita) – and with them the audience – recognize Maria‘s talents. Soon Maria becomes a nude model in the evenings – first bashfully, then more and more confidently. Three-time César winner Karin Viard, known for LA FAMILLE BÉLIER (2014) carries the lively romantic comedy with her detached depiction of an experienced woman who not only finds love but also herself – and blossoms because of it. Escaffre and Muller, who play supporting characters in the film, dedicate their feminist film to “all the Marias in the world.“

Stefanie Borowsky (INDIEKINO MAGAZIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Original title: Maria rêve
Frankreich 2022, 93 min
Genre: Romance Films, Comedy
Director: Lauriane Escaffre, Yvonnick Muller
Author: Lauriane Escaffre, Yvonnick Muller
DOP: Antoine Sanier
Montage: Valérie Deseine
Music: René Aubry
Distributor: Atlas Film
Cast: Karin Viard, Grégory Gadebois, Philippe Uchan, Noée Abita
FSK: 6
Release: 19.01.2023



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