Paris in the 1920s. Marguerite Dumont (Catherine Frot) is a wealthy baroness with a passion for opera and singing. Every year, she sings for a close circle of friends, none of whom dares to tell her that she sings completely off-key. When a young avant-garde journalist decides to write a rave review, Marguerite gains the confidence to perform in public at the Paris Opera. Inspired by the true story of American socialite Florence Foster Jenkins.
FOCUS ON inventing Marguerite’s Voice
“Catherine Frot worked for a long time with a brilliant teacher to produce the right attitude, gestures, and facial expressions of a real opera singer. And although she sings out of tune, Marguerite works tremendously hard and this huge effort had to come across in the film…The problem is that Catherine actually has a beautiful voice and has been taking singing lessons for a long time. But what I needed was something rather chaotic and discordant that was both funny and touching.” –Xavier Giannoli