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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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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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Country:

France

Language:

French | Occitan

Release Date:

September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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$1,477,071
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Marcel Pagnol: Girls are boys who came out wrong.
Marcel Pagnol: That means girls are Nature's mistakes.
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Childhood nostalgia.
27 August 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Almost three decades later,Yves Robert comes back to what he does best:childhood movies."La guerre des boutons" (1962) was the first work featuring almost only brats.It was a timeless blockbuster in France and an (English or Irish) remake was made a few years ago.

Yves Robert tackles here Pagnol 's autobiographical books and transfers them to the screen with taste ,humor and magic.Magic is everywhere as Robert perfectly recreates those little simple pleasures of long ago."Le château de ma mère" is the follow-up to "La gloire de mon père".Both movies are likable,Robert showing tenderness for his characters:The enthusiastic atheist father (Philippe Caubère), the mother everybody would like to have (Nathalie Roussel),their two children ,Marcel -who would become the great director and writer- and his brother"petit Paul", the Christian uncle Jules who prays for his heathen brother-in-law,and plays the occasional Father Christmas. A lot of colorful secondary characters adds to the enchantment:Lili,the little boy of the garrigue,a girlie,some kind of stuck-up thing,a noble who's a true gentleman,a wicked warden(One of Jean Carmet's last parts) who's got instructions by way of heart.

The main difference between "le château de ma mère" and the first part "la gloire de mon père" lies in the fact that the former opens the gates of life(not only the gates the father illegally opens) .The conclusion is very harsh,but Robert avoids pathos and melodrama.It does not prevent us,though,after three hours (the two movies together) in these green pastures of childhood paradise,from getting a bitter taste in the mouth.

Robert knows it:so he ends his work with a wonderful epilogue(faithful to the book) which thoroughly justifies the title.And the audience will leave the Provence,while thinking that here or elsewhere,dreams may come true.

As Pagnol wrote at the end of his book:"life is made of small pleasures and big grieves :don't you tell it to the children"


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