Everyone knows the story: In the 19th century, a young girl is both blind and deaf. She grows up a prisoner of her own disability, unable to communicate, lashing out violently whenever she’s upset or afraid (which is often). Luckily, a kind teacher hears of the girl’s troubles and is determined to reach her. She teaches the girl sign language by signing into her hand, and after months of arduous work, even teaches her to speak. The story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan has become an inspiration to millions, but Jean-Pierre Améris’ film Marie’s Story isn’t about them. It’s about Marie Huertin and her teacher Sister Sainte-Marguerite. Huertin was born five years after Keller in Vertou, France, and had a remarkably similar journey from isolation to connection with the outside world. For American audiences, it’s basically impossible not to view Marie’s Story as a French version of The Miracle Worker. While viewers in Huertin’s homeland may not encounter such a stumbling block (the film is simply called Marie Huertin over there, suggesting greater familiarity her story) it will strike many as a retread, and a rather uninspired one at that.