Every holiday Marcel and his family go to their cottage near Marseilles. During one of these holidays he meets Isabelle, a pretty but conceited girl... Adapted from the cult classic novel from Marcel Pagnol.


Yves Robert


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


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.


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Did You Know?


Pagnol had been planning to direct a version of the story as early as 1968 but the project was never completed. See more »


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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Little gem of a movie
21 September 2002 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

I first saw Le Château de ma mère and La Gloire de mon père shortly after their release in 1990. At first, I gave a higher ranking to Le Château. I just saw the two movies again, and now it's La Gloire who's coming on first.

But it is not to say that Le Château is not a good movie. It's an EXCELLENT movie. The saga of Marcel continues. Young Marcel Pagnol that is. The cast is again great: Philippe Caubère and Nathalie Roussel shine, Juline Ciamaca does a great job as Marcel.

And, once again, we get a taste of life in France's countryside, its colors, its ways of doing things. Great!

Too bad, there was not a third movie to follow La Gloire and Le Château.

See this one!

Out of 100, I gave it 86. That's good for ***½ out of ****. I gave La Gloire de mon père the same star rating, but 87 out of 100.

Seen again at home, in Toronto, on August 11th, 2002.

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French | Occitan

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September 1991 (USA) See more »

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