My Father's Glory (1990)
"La gloire de mon père" (original title)

G  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  August 1991 (USA)
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A young boy's life in turn-of-the-century France. Marcel, witnesses the success of his teacher father, as well as the success of his arrogant Uncle Jules. Marcel and family spend their ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Caubère ...
Nathalie Roussel ...
Didier Pain ...
Thérèse Liotard ...
Tante Rose
Julien Ciamaca ...
Victorien Delamare ...
Joris Molinas ...
Benoît Martin ...
Edmond des Papillons
Pierre Maguelon ...
Michel Modo ...
le facteur
Jean Rougerie ...
Bergougnas, le brocanteur
Jean-Pierre Darras ...
Récitant (La voix de Marcel) / Narrator (voice)
Victor Garrivier ...
le curé de la Treille
Raoul Curet ...


A young boy's life in turn-of-the-century France. Marcel, witnesses the success of his teacher father, as well as the success of his arrogant Uncle Jules. Marcel and family spend their summer vacation in a cottage in Provence, and Marcel befriends a local boy who teaches him the secrets of the hills in Provence. Written by Huy D. Huynh <>

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A childhood in Provence.


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August 1991 (USA)  »

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My Father's Glory  »

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$1,710,856 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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'La Gloire de mon père', published in France in 1957, is the first volume of four autobiographical novels by Marcel Pagnol. The second volume, 'Le château de ma mere', was published in 1958. In the novels, Marcel's meeting Lili takes place in volume two, as does Marcel's decision to stay at Provence as a hermit. The two novels were translated into English and published by Doubleday (in the U.S) as a single book in 1960 under the title 'The Days Were Too Short', This translation was reprinted by North Point Press as a single book titled 'My Father's Glory / and / My Mother's Castle' in 1986. See more »


(at around 15 mins) You can see in the far background behind the actors (on the left side of the screen) two white cars driving fast. Very fast for the beginning of the 20th century! See more »


Augustine: You need your gun to go shopping?
Joseph Pagnol: You never know.
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Poetry in motion
21 September 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This film takes us back to 1900 and depicts a family with children who are refreshingly innocent, yet believable and amusing every step of the way. The story takes us on a journey with Marcel, the narrator, who thinks his father is superhuman and refuses to see him as anything less. To view life through Marcel's eyes is enchanting; he is so easily spellbound by his surroundings, so in love with the hills of his native Provence.

The cinematography is absolutely breath-taking, giving one the feeling of watching poetry in motion. The scene at the park on a Sunday afternoon is like watching a painting come to life. But cinematography is only a feather on the cap of this first rate production. The direction is superb, and the performances very touching.

I recommend this film highly. It is good as a visual sedative, and the only side effect it might have is a possible urge to quit your job, pack it up, and move to the French countryside writer Marcel Pagnol so loved.

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