The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite: NYICFF Movie Review

The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite

I love a good time travel movie

Because of this, I put The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite on my list of films to watch during NYICFF. It is a French film that follows two young girls (12-years-old) who are both searching for their fathers. The twist is they are from different times in history, 1942 and 2020, and end up switching places by accident. The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite is a funny film full of lessons to be learned. Here is my full NYICFF Movie Review for The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite.

My Review

I enjoyed The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite, but it did let me down slightly. The movie is funny and has an interesting concept/story, but I think it suffers from not really knowing what age group it is targeting. Because of this, the film is not as good as it could be. For example, if the film had been animated and did not have adult language in it, the film would be perfect for young kids.

On the flip side, they could have kept it a live-action film, with the adult language, and added more emotional points to the story (historical and character personal) for it to resonate with older audiences. Having said all of that though the movie does have some great qualities. The movie does touch on some topics that are important for kids to learn. Such as learning to listen to others so that you can understand where they are coming from, never giving up, and being your own person.

My Rating/ is it ok for kids?

I give The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite a B-. It was entertaining and funny, but it felt like it was stuck between a kid’s movie and an adult movie. I just wish they had stuck to one or the other.

Is the movie ok for kids to watch? (I know, a silly question since I did watch it at a children’s film festival. Haha!) Yes, but I would suggest older kids, like teenagers. The NYICFF has it listed for ages 10+, but if my kids were 10-years-old I do not think I would let them watch the movie. There is a lot of adult language in the movie which surprised me. (Specifically, the F word many times.) There are also instances of stealing, drugging people, and being disrespectful to adults. But, in all of my age suggestions in my movie reviews, it is totally up to you, the parents, to decide, but I do suggest screening this movie before letting your kids watch it.

Synopsis

Marguerite and Margot have a lot in common: both are 12 years old and missing their fathers. The one big difference? One lives in 1942, the other in 2020. Or at least that’s the case until the discovery of a magical trunk in an attic that sends them traveling through time. Margot and Marguerite have something else in common: their father is no longer there, one vanished during World War II, the other is not living at home. With 70 years apart, they’re embarking in a wild adventure to find their present, explore history and their families’ memories, and not least of all manage the transition to becoming teens!

Trailer

If you would like to read more of my NYICFF Movie Review coverage make sure you read my review of The Legend of Hei HERE, and my review of My Dad is a Heel Wrestler HERE.

The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite: NYICFF Movie Review

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