My Mothers Castle 1990
Le château de ma mère (original title)
1h 38min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy | 26 October 1990 (France)
Every holiday Marcel and his family go to their cottage in the Provence (France). He likes the hills in this region. Before they arrive at the cottage they have to walk about 5 miles. With the co-operation of an ex-pupil of Marcel’s father, who’s a teacher, they only have to walk 1 mile, since they can take a shortcut along a canal, through the backyards of some eccentric people. During one of these holidays he meets Isabelle, a pretty but conceited girl…
I first saw Le Château de ma mère and La Gloire de mon père shortly after their release in 1990. At first, I gave a higher ranking to Le Château. I just saw the two movies again, and now it’s La Gloire who’s coming on first.
But it is not to say that Le Château is not a good movie. It’s an EXCELLENT movie. The saga of Marcel continues. Young Marcel Pagnol that is. The cast is again great: Philippe Caubère and Nathalie Roussel shine, Juline Ciamaca does a great job as Marcel.
And, once again, we get a taste of life in France’s countryside, its colors, its ways of doing things. Great!
Too bad, there was not a third movie to follow La Gloire and Le Château.
See this one!
Out of 100, I gave it 86. That’s good for ***½ out of ****. I gave La Gloire de mon père the same star rating, but 87 out of 100.
Director: Yves Robert
Writers: Marcel Pagnol (novel), Jérôme Tonnerre (adaptation) (as Jerôme Tonnerre)
Stars: Julien Ciamaca, Philippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel
Language: French | Occitan
Release Date: September 1991 (USA)
Also Known As: My Mother’s Castle
Filming Locations: Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, France