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Fernand Charpin ...
Honoré Panisse (as Charpin)
Orane Demazis ...
Paul Dullac ...
Robert Vattier ...
Marcel Maupi ...
Innocent Mangiapan (as Maupi)
Édouard Delmont ...
Milly Mathis ...
Thommeray ...
Elzéar Bonnegrâce - le curé de Saint Victor
Jean Castan ...
L'enfant de choeur
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Pierre Dromard
Alida Rouffe ...
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L'employé de Panisse
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Henri - le patron du bar de Toulon
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Honoré Panisse is dying, cheerfully, with friends, wife, and son at his side. He confesses to the priest in front of his friends; he insists that the doctor be truthful. But, he cannot bring himself to tell his son Cesariot that his real father is Marius, the absent son of César, Cesariot's godfather. Panisse leaves that to Fanny, the lad's mother. Dissembling that he's off to see a friend, Cesariot then seeks Marius, now a mechanic in Toulon. Posing as a journalist, Cesariot spends time with Marius and leaves believing tales he is a petty thief. Only after the truth comes out can Marius, Fanny, César, and Cesariot step beyond the falsehoods, benign though they may be. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The film underwent a restoration in 2015, through the Compagnie Méditerranéenne de Film and the Cinémathèque Française, with the support of the CNC, the Franco-American Cultural Fund, TV channel Arte and The Audiovisual Archives of the Principality of Monaco. See more »

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Elzéar Bonnegrâce - le curé de Saint Victor: You must be knee-deep in sins.
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7 September 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

A fitting finale to Marcel Pagnol's touching Marseilles trilogy (perhaps the strongest part of them all), this wise and witty heart-warmer offers more of the writer-director's wonderful dialogue, particularly in the lightly satirical immensely funny opening sequence.

Still, there's enough room for musings on family, friendship and the sacrifices life demands. The cast is top-notch, with Raimu as brilliant as ever, while Fresnay delivers an electrifying speech towards the end.

Some may find the whole affair too slight, contrived and emotionally charged, but trust me, these three pics are definitely worth six hours of anyone's life... at least, anyone who loves good storytelling.

8 out of 10 hilarious deathbed confessions


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