on 30 January 2014
Like a great wine, this true masterpiece gets better and better with the passing of time. A pure delight if you speak French (an awful lot is inevitably lost in translation). I rank Pagnol as high as Molière. His stories explore the depth of the eternal human tragedy while keeping the form and humour of comedy, with the added value of the immensely poetic provençal environment, culture, language, and now the "extra bonuses" of cinema history, and the depiction of everyday life on the port of Marseille seventy years ago. Every detail, every object that appears on the screen is perfect. The actors are fabulous. I never get tired of watching this film again and again.