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Le Château de Ma Mère (My Mother's Castle) [DVD] (1990)


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  • Actors: Philippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel, Didier Pain, Thérèse Liotard, Jean Rochefort
  • Directors: Yves Robert
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Subtitled, Colour
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 19 April 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001GNJD8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,983 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An adaption of the second volume of filmmaker Marcel Pagnol's memoirs; the first of which is covered in the film 'La Gloire de Mon Pere'. A 10- year-old Pagnol and his family return to their country villa for Christmas and renew acquaintances. Back in town Marcel takes special classes to prepare for the lycee, and on an Easter visit to the country, he falls in love for the first time.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 May 2007
Format: DVD
This is a delightful and, at times, poignant sequel to "La Gloire de Mon Pere". The latter is best watched first to get the evolving story in the right order and to get to know the family whose fortunes unfold over the two films. Both films have great charm and excellent performances, not least by the various children who appear. The films depict a lost world of simple pleasures and the hardships that most people took for granted in the past.

The French scenery is impressive too.
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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 2004
Format: DVD
The brief Amazon synopsis is totally misleading as Marcel's father has no secret. What this enchanting sequel is about is Marcel Pagnol's return to the hills of Provence where his family went on an idyllic summer holiday in "La Gloire De Mon Pere". His mother convinces his school teacher father that they should use the country house more frequently and soon they are going weekly for extended weekends (which the mother has cleverly arranged by befriending the school headmaster's wife). The long trek to the house from where the trolley leaves them normally takes over two hours on foot, but by trespassing across the canal side foot path lined with expansive country estates they can shorten the trip to 24 minutes. And it is this that causes the father much anguish as he is an exemplary law-abiding citizen but pressure from the family and the ex-student canal keeper lures him into a delightful misadventure which could cost him his job. Also, the story includes Marcel's first encounter with the fairer sex, an adorable blond munchkin who turns him into her slave much to the dismay of his family and his country friend Lilli. This film is charming escapism, a feast for the eyes, and perfect for cozy family-viewing on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Buy both DVDs, a supply of popcorn and invite the family over. This is the kind of "feel good" movie the French are so good at. Think "Amelie"!
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov 2005
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I had grave doubts about this film being as good as the first film in the series, La Gloire de mon pere. These doubts were completely unfounded and the film was a joy to watch. This film represents everything good about French film making and is a must for anyone who watched La Gloire de mon pere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pegleg on 7 Sep 2010
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Decades ago at university I was required to read La Gloire de Mon Pere by Marcel Pagnol as one of my set texts. I loved it! A couple of months ago I treated myself to Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources whilst I recovered on the sofa after a minor op. I had seen bits of both on the television but never managed to sit and watch them undisturbed. Watching both films back to back was an absolute treat. La Gloire de Mon Pere and Le Chateau de Ma Mere have been equally delicious moments. These are gentle, hugely evocative films. Genuine feel-good movies which make you absolutely want to visit Provence and see for yourself the fabulous countryside explored by the young Pagnol. Perfect films for a wet English afternoon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Nov 2010
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"Le Chateau de ma Mere" (My Mother's Castle) continues the autobiographical story of Marcel Pagnol's near-idyllic childhood in Provence in the optimistic years immediately before the First World War. It's a chronological sequel to the first instalment "La Gloire de mon Pere" (The Glory of my Father), and although "Chateau" stands as a fine piece of cinema in its own right, it's best seen after you have viewed the first film. Both films are superbly directed by Yves Robert.

In this second film, the family arrange to spend every weekend in their idyllic holiday home, returning to Marseilles every Monday evening as Augustine (Marcel's clever and enigmatic mother) manages to fix it through an influential contact for her husband to start his teaching work on Tuesdays instead of Mondays.

At the insistence of an appreciative former student of Marcel's Papa who now has a job as a minor official on the canal, the family are given a key to all the doors along the canal path and so shorten their four-hour walk from the end of the tram line to the country home by half. This is borderline illegal, as the path technically leads through the grounds of various chateaux and so trespasses on private property- a major sub-plot leading to new friendships, much principled and moralistic soul-searching and one bitter encounter which serves to illustrate differing attitudes of generosity and malevolence found in human nature (needless to say, the author of their misfortune eventually gets his come-uppance in a humorous and satisfying denouement).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Warner on 11 April 2009
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No-one gets raped or murdered, there are no car chases or technology and no sex scenes, so if that is your bag, forget it. Instead this is a delightful tale which beautifully captures the feel of the original story. Mama is convincingly fragile and Papa is obviously the sort of mana who would be loved by both his children and his pupils (even if they don't absorb much) but is fearful of the authorities.
Pure escapism into another world and a great relief fromlurid hollywood offerings.
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