Le Chateau De Ma Mere

Media: DVD
Author/Director: Yves Robert
Language: French
Subtitles: English

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.

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.

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MTLC ID: 3127