"Marvin ou la belle éducation" or "Reinventing Marvin" or just "Marvin" is a new French (mostly) French-language film that premiered last year in 2017. It is one of these rare movies that has in the opriginal title the inclusion of an "or" that basically includes two titles. Director is BAFTA nominee Anne Fontaine, perhaps Luxembourg's most known filmmaker these days, and together with Pierre Trividic, she was also in charge of the script. The title and photo here make it obvious already that this is the story of a young man and his attempts at finding happiness and overcoming all kinds of obstacles. These include his ambitions in the world of art, to be more precise his shots at becoming an actor. Another key issue is his homosexuality and how he he deals with it as well as how the most important and closest people in his life deal with that. There is a lot of pain to watch here, many scenes that have great shock potential, especially during the flashback parts, but sadly almost never really make an impact in terms of the overall storytelling component. And that is quite a pity. To me, the outcome was fairly disappointing. It was a really long film at almost 2 hours and I cannot deny it dragged a bit on more than just a few occasions. There also weren't any great moments truly, only a few good ones that elevated the overall product with its many mediocre, frequently weak, sequences. The best parts were maybe those flashback scene that include the family life there, with father, mother and brother, so these characters and their stories and connections to Marvin may be the only reason to watch the movie. But it's not worth to sit through the other 90 minutes I must say. The inclusion of Isabelle Huppert playing herself felt a bit strange to be fair. the idea was interesting, but the execution in terms of both ways in which her character was presented (through the screenplay) and portrayaed by Huppert did not make it memorable at all. There was room for more without a doubt. The ending was also a bit of a disappointment. Apparently, it was really important to Fontaine and Trividic to have the audience leave the theater on a high note, but it all felt so exaggerated, so over-the-top and hardly realistic how basically everything turned right eventually. It also leaves a negative stain on all before that because it just did not fit together with all the backlash and there was no real connection where you would say yes he is that improved now, that headstrong, that dedicated that you could say it fit right in there. So I must say that as a whole I have to give this film a thumbs-down. The forgettable, the negative even, is far more frequent than everything positive. I also found the flashback scenes early on confusing and all over the place. Lead actor Oldfield (yes he played in French films mostly despite the name) received some praise for his portrayal, but I was not impressed. He fits right in with everything else that is forgettable about this movie. I am quite a fan of French movies, but this has to be one of the weakest I've seen in recent months, if not years. The subject alone does not make it a strong movie by any means as some seem to think. Watch something else instead.