Based on the childhood memoirs of Marcel Pagnol, author of 'Jean De Florette' and 'Manon Des Sources', 'La Gloire De Mon Pere' and its sequel 'Le Chateau De Ma Mere' are two of the greatest and most successful French films ever made. An adult Marcel nostalgically recalls one idyllic summer spent with his family in the hills of Provence. A love affair with the country began and during those perfect days he found new respect for his school teacher father as he adapted to life away from the city. 'La Gloire De Mon Pere' is filled with warmth, humour and love for bygone days of youth; it is one of cinema's finest celebrations of childhood.
La Gloire De Mon Pere: Pagnol's Glory - the story of Marcel Pagnol, the novelist. Includes interviews with Nicolas Pagnol, the grandson of Marcel Pagnol, the French novelist Karin Hann, and features the Marseille locations today
I am not sure why Jean de Florette is so good and this, almost in the same mould, is not. The cinematography is typically French with beautifully lit outdoor scenes. The town and country scenes are wonderfully nostalgic. The plot however is aimless and did not resonate with me. This young lad had a great holiday, well fair enough, he enjoyed learning some countryside crafts (potentially interesting but not realised) and changed his attitude to his father, a bit incongruous with the rest of the rather drab plot.
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Perfect rendition of childhood memories
- My Father's Glory review by CB
A magical childhood summer seen through rose-coloured spectacles. The acting is light and fits the mood. The way French directors are able to make gloriously emotional films is a source of constant amazement to me. This film made in Britain just wouldn't work.