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Du côté de chez Marcel (2004)

Thirteen-year-old Marcel is the son of a married couple of Italian origin. Aldo, his father runs a café very popular with soccer fans. Paola, Marcel's mother, has a taste for wild flowers, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Maxime Dambrin ...
Marcel (as Maxime Raoust)
Isabel Otero ...
Paola
Daniel Russo ...
Aldo
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Adrien Fontanaud ...
Mouche
Luce Mouchel ...
Mlle Godard
Canis Crevillen ...
Églantine
Joséphine Serre ...
Garance
Gaëlle Fraysse ...
Marianne
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Le maire
Xavier Memeteau ...
Lucien
François Podetti ...
M. Fournier
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Richard Berry ...
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Jacques Bonnot ...
Ploue
Mathilde Braure ...
Colette
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Thirteen-year-old Marcel is the son of a married couple of Italian origin. Aldo, his father runs a café very popular with soccer fans. Paola, Marcel's mother, has a taste for wild flowers, for walks and for Marcel Proust. In his turn, Marcel discovers his mum's favorite writer, which does not please his father too much as he would indeed rather have him passionate about soccer. Paola falls seriously ill and to give her courage, Aldo, with the complicity of his father, has the idea to invite actor Pierre Arditi to come to their home and read pages by Proust specially for her... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Award: Mention Spéciale au Festival International de Télévision de Monte Carlo. See more »

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The sweet perfume of Marcel Proust...
18 January 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film by accident on TV5 and with a little bit of suspicion. Making a film on Proust is for me a kind of sacrilege... But much to my surprise this film captured me. It really moved me and made me cry...

It tells the story of a clumsy kid, living in the bar of his parents, in the turn of childhood, showing no particular skills in literature, who discover by chance "Du côté de chez Swann" and became writer for the love of his mother. It is all at once funny and profoundly moving.

By the way, it isn't a film on Proust but it succeed by times in capturing the enthralling and delightful fragrance of the writer of "La Recherche du Temps perdu" famous for his never-ending phrases... The film also shares the deep faith of the writer : the beloved being never dies until their memory is still alive...


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