Based on the childhood memoirs of Marcel Pagnol, the writer responsible for Jean De Florette and Manon des Source (novels made into two of the most beautiful films ever made), this film is exquisite. A wonderful story, with strong performances, a superb script, and add to that some breathtaking Provence scenery, you have as perfect a film as could ever exist. This is one you could watch again and again. An unforgettable film to share with family.Charming, delightfully funny and rich in life-affirming messages. Proof of the importance of strong family bonds and the long-term benefits of shared holidays which shape our lives and our relationships. I had bought the sequel at the same time (Le Chateau de Ma Mere), and was glued to the telly for an entire afternoon. Best investment in DVDs I have ever made. I will treasure them always, and so will you.