People will be surprised that this 1920s-set comedy about the worst opera singer in the world is not all laughs but actually has something to say about loneliness, hypocrisy, and the need for self-fulfilment. As the titular character who can’t carry a tune but sashays her way onto the stage of a Parisian opera house anyway, Frot delivers a nuanced performance placed somewhere between fearless commitment and pathological delusion. Altogether somewhat overwrought, but a stirring, at times very funny cautionary tale nonetheless.
Marguerite | Directed by Xavier Giannoli (France 2015) with Catherine Frot, André Marcon. Starts October 29