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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch this after "La Gloire de Mon Pere"
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...
Published on 28 May 2007 by Bluebell

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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than "La Gloire de Mon Pere"
I found "Le Chateau de Mon Mere" to be one of those rarities; a sequel that is actually better than the original. Like "La Gloire" the film is still packed with impossibly good natured, deliriously happy French people ,all delighted at being stranded up a mountain in the middle of nowhere. In "Le Chateau" ,our model nuclear family end up making the trek to their idyllic...
Published on 28 Feb. 2006 by L. Davidson


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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch this after "La Gloire de Mon Pere", 28 May 2007
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This review is from: Le Château de Ma Mère (My Mother's Castle) [DVD] (1990) (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Sequel!, 14 July 2004
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This review is from: Le Château de Ma Mère (My Mother's Castle) [DVD] (1990) (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The works of Marcel Pagnol, 7 Sept. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Part two of Marcel Pagnol's childhood memories brought to film by director Yves Robert is a feast for the eyes and the heart, 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).

The rites-of-passage element of the story includes Marcel's obsession with a pretentious and eccentric girl (and her even more pretentious and eccentric parents), which for a time estranges him from his younger brother and his friend-from-the-wilds Lilli - until he sees the error of his ways and returns to the more wholesome values of his own family.

These films are beautiful, rich and life-affirming, spiced with humour. The stunningly beautiful landscape, the intelligent script, the meandering plot-line, the finely observed period details recalling that long-lost age of innocence, the quirks and eccentricities of the main characters (particularly the male adult leads) make for a first-class cinematic experience which lingers long in the memory. Beware you will need a strong emotional constitution watching the final scene. Voiced-over by the now-adult Marcel, it is so heartbreakingly poignant as it reflects on the fleeting nature of human life and the passage of time that it brought tears to the eyes of some in my family - no mean achievement, I can tell you. If you don't yearn to visit the hills of Provence after seeing these films, there's little hope for you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Castles in the air, 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Provence ..., 19 Dec. 2010
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... you'll love this. It's based on the 2nd volume of Pagnol's autobiography of his idyllic childhood in idyllic countryside. If you can understand French so much the better because some of the amusing puns in the dialogue are untranslatable, e.g. the name of the town where Pagnol was born, Aubagne, is slang for 'in prison'.
However don't worry if you can't: just enjoy the delightful story, excellent acting & wonderful scenery.
Watching the film again after so many years has made me want to reread the book as well as to spend another holiday amongst that amazing limestone scenery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life enhancing experience, 9 Jan. 2010
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Following the pleasure of "La Gloire de Mon Pere" this delightful film was another heartwarming account of life in a bygone age in idyllic and gentle surroundings. Pleasures and values of all things gentle and simple, set in Provence. The subtitles do not subtract from the enjoyment and the acting itself is enough for one to understand. A real gem!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return to glorious Provence and childhood, 15 Oct. 2008
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Exquisite scenery, brilliant photograhy, wonderful understated acting, great autobiographical story by the film maker Louis Pagnol (Jean de Florette etc) told with sensitivity and humour and seen through the rosy glow of fondly remembered childhood experiences. Totally delightful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An antidote to the greed and bad manners of the modern world, 2 Nov. 2009
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Whenever the recession, the greed of bankers, unprovoked rudeness or the hopelessness and dishonesty of governments gets you down, watch this film.

It is a lovely and involving tale from a gentler, kinder, politer and much more stylish age. Le Chateau De Ma Mere will put you in a completely different and much nicer frame of mind.

A dose should be taken regularly.

I love this film ...it is one of my very favourites and I never tire of it. My family loves it too.
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