My Mother's Castle

Directed by Yves Robert
Film Movement Classics
1990
98 Minutes
France
French
Family, Comedy, Biography, Coming of Age, Classics
PG

In this sequel to MY FATHER'S GLORY, young Marcel Pagnol (Julien Ciamaca) and his family move back to their home in Marseilles, France, far from their pastoral holiday cottage in the hills. Determined, Marcel makes the long voyage back to the cottage on foot and lands himself in trouble. One day Marcel's father (Philippe Caubère) discovers a shortcut to the cottage, but it requires trespassing. Despite their trepidations, Marcel and his family begin using the secret trail to reach their cottage. Adapted from the novel by Marcel Pagnol (author of MANON OF THE SPRING).

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  • "And now here we are back again in the hills of Provence, in the second of two remarkable memory-films based on the childhood of the great French writer Marcel Pagnol. It is likely that no one, not even Pagnol, had a childhood quite this perfect, and yet all happy childhoods grow happier in memory, and it is the nature of film that we can share some of Pagnol's happiness."
    Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Whatever the interval that separates one's viewing of "My Father's Glory" from that of the equally enchanting "My Mother's Castle," it is only an intermission. This second film, like the first, is raised to the heights of voyeuristic pleasure by countless family feasts, happy occasions, warm smiles and intoxicating memories. "My Mother's Castle," a film that is all banquets and bouquets, concentrates as fully on life's smaller joys as on its larger ones, and does so with the kind of panache that has already charmed much of France. "
    Janet Maslin, The New York Times
  • "My Mother's Castle maintains an enchantment that paints across its canvas with lyrical watercolor swirls. "
    Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
  • "Robert catches the book’s reverie, its wistful tenderness. "
    Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
  • "A sheer delight."
    TV Guide