Marie (1994)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - Belgium, France, Portugal  |  
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This European road movie chronicles the misfortunes, hopes, and dreams of a troubled teenage girl alone in a cruel world. Life for Marie has always been hard, but lately things have gotten worse. Her former boyfriend committed suicide. She is pregnant by her current one, her mother is forcing her to abort the baby, and then tells her that had it been possible, she would have done the same to Marie. (The mother's husband left her when Marie was born.) Marie is actually on the operating table when she suddenly loses her nerve and splits to find the baby's father in a pool hall. He rejects her and she turns to a friendly drug pusher who takes her with him on a trip to Brussels. The police stop them and request that the dealer, Paulo, meet them at his apartment. He dumps Marie and takes off. Marie keeps the appointment (Paulo was killed during a chase, but she doesn't know it.) and finds Tonio, Paulo's 7-year old son staying by himself. His mother returned to Portugal after his birth. She finds out Paulo when the police raid the apartment. Afterward, Marie heads to Lisbon to return the boy to his estranged mother.



abortion, bad-luck, boyfriend, drug-dealer, on-the-road, police, pregnancy, rejection, suicide, teenagers