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on 9 October 2007
A delightful film - taking you back to the way things were - or you hoped they were when you were young. Innocence, charm and above all a wonderful feeling of freedom and safety.

There are scenes that are typically French that deal with hunting that not everyone will enjoy, but this is the way of life in France, even today.

We loved it, including the sub-titles to help our faltering French. Cant wait to see Le Chateau de ma Mere.
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VINE VOICETOP 50 REVIEWERon 4 November 2010
This film, titled in English "The Glory of my Father" is a dramatisation of part of Marcel Pagnol's childhood before the outbreak of World War One in 1914. The narrative is revealed through the lens of how a child sees the world to the backdrop of idealism, faith in the future and in scientific advancement personified by Marcel's father, a professional teacher, anti-cleric (the cause of much amusing confrontation) and optimist. The film is funny, charming, occasionally poignant and the characters are finely observed. It has a good script and is paced just right. The occasional voice-over by the now-adult narrator looking back to the events described decades earlier works well and reminds the viewer he is watching a real memoir, not fiction.

After a 45-minute run-through from Marcel's birth and infancy, the main action moves to one long, idyllic summer holiday taken by the extended family in a remote region of Provence where they rent an isolated house set in the stunning, wild landscape. Marcel's journey of discovery of the wild region and how to survive it in the company of Lili, a boy his own age, and his simultaneous idolization of his father, who he sees as the fount of all knowledge, makes for an absorbing and life-affirming viewing experience; though without the serious exploration of human nature and fateful consequence of actions explored in the "Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources" epic, this film has a lighter touch. The wild Provencal landscapes revealed through the cinematography though are every bit as stunning.

This film is good, if not "great". It's a fine observation of human nature seen through the eyes of a child, and of a time past where family bonds and close social community was everything experienced; pre-internet, pre-TV, pre-radio, where children ran free and the wide, dangerous world was a distant thing rarely travelled or experienced by most. These innocent days were shattered by the First World War, after which nothing would ever be the same.

This would be a good date movie, curled up on the couch with a bottle of wine. The subtitling is pretty much true to the original (as an example, the cartman's line probably never heard in any other film "Being blind and wearing sunglasses would be like looking up a mole's arse" is a literal translation of the line spoken in French). If you like European cinema, or this type of richly textured, witty, non-sentimental but life-affirming movie French cinema seems to be so good at, then you'll like this film and will probably watch it more than once.
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on 13 September 2015
An absolutely delightful film, even having to concentrate on the subtitles. A lovely family story full of nostalgia for early 20th century values, beautifully acted with great comedic background. It reminds me of the Daniel Autiel film 'The Welldiggers Daughter'. A real change from action blockbusters if you like a change of viewing.
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on 30 June 2012
I bought this film and the second part chateau ma mere, purely based on amazon reviews. I have never regretted this buy, as both films have bought me so much joy and blissful watching. The first film focuses on the father and son relationship and is a fantastic homage from son to a father who he idealises. This is not a film to watch for the plot, as there is no convulated plot at all, but if you wish to reminisce about the beauty and innocence of childhood, this film is enchanting.
The small details about family life, siblings, and the hero worship a child can feel for their parents is so touching. The stunning provence landscape is also breathtaking, and when you are in rainy england, it is the perfect escape!
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on 2 November 2009
Another very favourite French film of mine. Slow, beautifully shot and observed, stylish. Never obvious or boring.

It contains one of the funmiest moments in any film when 'La Gloire De Mon Pere' is revealed. You will just have to watch it to find out what that is.

An affectionate look at a better age when people had more time for each other.... and, frankly, life was probably a lot better without all the possessions we rely upon today. If that sounds old-fashioned, yes it is...but I defy you to watch this film and not feel exactly the same !
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on 12 May 2015
I loved this film and its companion and strongly recommend purchasing both together. They are strongly evocative of an era now gone but brought to life beautifully in this film.
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on 18 October 2011
DVD arrived quickly and safely by post and before the suggested date. The condition of both the DVD and its case were good, although it was not a new copy.
The DVD made for a very pleasant evening's view. A purchase at a good price - good value for money!
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on 29 January 2012
This is a delightful French story about a family at home, at work, growing up & on holiday in Provence. Well acted, humorous at times,enchanting scenery, interesting characters.Well worth watching!
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on 21 August 2009
We enjoyed this film, as a very atmospheric picture of French provincial life. It is a gentle film, with light humour. Our French is not good enough to do without the subtitles, which always means more concentration, but it was well worth it.
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on 26 June 2014
A poignant, gripping and, at times, a sad film suitable for the entire family and especially those with an affinity to France.
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