Le Château de Ma Mère (My Mother's Castle)1990
Le Château de Ma Mère (My Mother's Castle) (1990)
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as Uncle Jules
as Aunt Rose
as Paul, Age 5
as Paul (age 5)
as Lili des Bellons
as Mond des Parpaillouns
as The Postman
as The Parish Priest
as The Secondhand Dealer
as Monsieur Vincent
as Monsieur Besson
as Mademoiselle Guimard
as Monsieur Arnaud
as Marcel (age 5)
as Paul (age 3)
as Old Estate Guard
Critic Reviews for Le Château de Ma Mère (My Mother's Castle)
It is likely that no one, not even Pagnol, had a childhood quite this perfect, and yet all happy childhoods grow happier in memory, and it is the nature of film that we can share some of Pagnol's happiness.
Too soft-centered, too bucolically beautiful and too idealized for my taste.
Audience Reviews for Le Château de Ma Mère (My Mother's Castle)
From the way the critics talk, you'd think this was some light-weight piece of fluff. It's not. Far from it. I think some critics may be deceived because this seems so much a children's story, but just because the story appears to be told from a child's perspective, does not make it a piece of juvenalia. The narrator is actually a full grown adult ala CInema Paradiso, and the story he tells, while it is perhaps not as powerful as Cinema Paradiso, is definitely powerful enough.
This seems to be a cross between a slice-of-life and a coming-of-age film. It is both, but it is also a story of a mother who endures much with no complaint in order for the members of her family to succeed. She truly is their their bedrock, their stable foundation, and she pays the price for this fortitude.
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