Marie's Story

The miraculous story of a girl who learned to live a normal life in late 19th century France, despite being deaf and blind since birth. A film as moving as the story itself.

Marie Heurtin
France 2014
  • Czech
95 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

This story was described, even in specialist journals, as something of a miracle. It unfolded in the late 19th century at Larnay convent in France, where Catholic nuns took in and cared for deaf-blind children. One of them was Marie Heurtin, a girl lacking basic communication skills; she couldn’t even walk by herself. This apparently hopeless case was taken up by Sister Marguerite, who patiently taught Marie tactile signing and sign language so that she would understand the relationship between object and gesture. Once the girl had grasped this concept, she went on to achieve incredible things. Not only did Marie become proficient in sign language, but she also mastered Braille, sewing, typewriting and other skills that were hitherto unimaginable.

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Director: Jean-Pierre Améris
Screenplay: Jean-Pierre Améris, Philippe Blasband
Cinematography: Virginie Saint-Martin
Music: Sonia Wieder-Atherton
Editing: Anne Souriau
Production Design: Franck Schwarz
Producer: Denis Carot, Sophie Révil
Cast: Isabelle Carré, Ariana Rivoire, Brigitte Catillon, Noémie Churlet, Laure Duthilleul
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.