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My Mother's Castle (1990)

Le château de ma mère (original title)
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 »

Director:

Yves Robert

Writers:

Marcel Pagnol (novel), Jérôme Tonnerre (adaptation) (as Jerôme Tonnerre) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Caubère Philippe Caubère ... Joseph Pagnol
Nathalie Roussel Nathalie Roussel ... Augustine Pagnol
Didier Pain Didier Pain ... Oncle Jules
Thérèse Liotard ... Tante Rose
Julien Ciamaca Julien Ciamaca ... Marcel Pagnol
Victorien Delamare Victorien Delamare ... Paul Pagnol
Joris Molinas Joris Molinas ... Lili des Bellons
Julie Timmerman Julie Timmerman ... Isabelle Cassignole
Paul Crauchet ... Edmond des Papillons
Philippe Uchan Philippe Uchan ... Bouzigue
Patrick Préjean Patrick Préjean ... Dominique, le jardinier
Pierre Maguelon ... François
Michel Modo ... Le facteur
Jean Carmet ... Le garde ivrogne
Jean Rochefort ... Loïs de Montmajour / Adolphe Cassignole
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Storyline

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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Return to childhood in Provence.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | Occitan

Release Date:

September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Mother's Castle See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,477,071

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,477,071
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Marcel Pagnol: Girls are boys who came out wrong.
Marcel Pagnol: That means girls are Nature's mistakes.
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References The Baker's Wife (1938) See more »

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A Beautiful Film
3 September 2000 | by Anya-fanSee all my reviews

When my cousin and I rented this film, we had no idea that it was French and in subtitles. Although I am in the process of learning the French language (slowly), I was a bit taken aback by the fact that I had to watch it in subtitles. However, after the first 10 minutes I was completely immersed in the beautiful countryside, and the flow of the language.

First of all, there is no specific plot to this story. One event flows into the next, but they are unrelated, held together by the characters. But the acting and the landscapes are beautiful and ethereal, and you wish that you could be there.

This is not to say that the film doesn't make sense, it most certainly does, and there is a point to it. The end comes on a bit abruptly, although it too is gentle and poignant.

As long as you can read fast enough to keep up with the subtitles (and after a bit you don't even notice you're doing it), this is a lovely film to see. It's quite suitable for all ages, but as it IS in subtitles, you don't want to watch it with children too young to read fast enough.

A lovely film, very French, and very beautiful. 10/10, definitely.


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