»La Tête En Friche« (»My Afternoons With Margueritte« (Int.)/»Das Labyrinth der Wörter« (Ger.)) is the uplifting story of one of those chance encounters that can radically change the course of someone's life. Germain (Gérard Depardieu) is a large and almost illiterate man in his fifties. He is unmarried and still lives with his mother with whom he has a fractious relationship. Margueritte (Gisèle Casadesus) is a tiny, elderly woman with a passion for the written word. There's 40 years and 200 pounds' difference between them and only one thing in common, a shared fondness for pigeons. When Germain happens to sit beside her on a park bench and Margueritte reads extracts from her novels to him, an unlikely and unexpected friendship develops. Under Margueritte's tutelage, Germain discovers a love of literature and with it, a wisdom which confounds his friends at the bistro who have always treated him like an idiot. As Margueritte begins to lose her eyesight, Germain sees an opportunity to use his love for this sweet and mischievous grandma to improve both his own life and hers.
The movie is based on the novel by Marie-Sabine Roger and adapted by Jean-Loup Dabadie and Jean Becker (Conversations With My Gardener). The film also stars François-Xavier Demaison, Maurane, Patrick Bouchitey, Jean-François Stévenin, Claire Maurier and Sophie Guillemin.
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