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My Mother's Castle (1990)
"Le château de ma mère" (original title)

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Every holiday Marcel and his family go to their cottage in the Provence (France). He likes the hills in this region. Before they arrive at the cottage they have to walk about 5 miles. With ... See full summary »

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Every holiday Marcel and his family go to their cottage in the Provence (France). He likes the hills in this region. Before they arrive at the cottage they have to walk about 5 miles. With the co-operation of an ex-pupil of Marcel's father, who's a teacher, they only have to walk 1 mile, since they can take a shortcut along a canal, through the backyards of some eccentric people. During one of these holidays he meets Isabelle, a pretty but conceited girl... Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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Marcel Pagnol: Such is the life of a man. Moments of joy, obliterated by unforgettable sadness. There's no need to tell the children that.
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A beautiful glimpse of the author's nostalgia
18 February 2006 | by (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Yves Robert offers a second delightful story of Marcel Pagnol's innocent youth of the early 1900s in the sunny, rocky landscape of Aubagne in Provence.

After "My Father's Glory," an equally charming tale of the halcyon days of the author's childhood, "My Mother's Castle" concludes the tale with the author's entrance into adolescence and his triumphant return to Marseilles as a successful adult.

Not wishing to wait through the long term at school, Marcel's mother declares her affinity for the countryside of Provence, and the family begins making weekend visits, much to the delight of young Marcel.

Pagnol revisits his beautiful hills in Aubagne, just outside Marseilles, rekindling his friendship with the local boy, Lili, and meeting what he considers to be the young woman of his dreams, only to reaffirm that youth is best spent frolicking with his chum. Marcel's charming and loving mother, his wise and benevolent father, his impish brother, and his gregarious "Oncle Jules" return in their wonderful roles.

The film is reminiscent of the masterpiece of "Cinema Paradiso," where a tale is told through the eyes of a film producer who fell in love with life while watching films in his small Italian village.

"My Mother's Castle," coupled with "My Father's Glory," make for four hours of triumphant, genuine cinema. Don't miss them.


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