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  • Summary: Abandoned and still in love, Fanny finds out she's expecting Marius' child. Now an unmarried mother, she's unable to take responsibility for her and her child's future. With the approval of her mother and of Cesar, her child's grandfather, she gives in and marries Honore Panisse, a wealthy merchant from the Old Port who is thirty years her senior. He recognizes her child and raises him as his own. Panisse also brings them wealth, a renewed social status and a comfortable future. A few months after the wedding and the birth of the child, Marius, while traveling by sea to faraway lands and with no resources, realizes he still has feelings for Fanny, who still loves him. [Kino Lorber] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Jul 17, 2014
    Fanny is definitely a worthy companion to Marius, although it’s also more claustrophobic in terms of staging, confining the action to a handful of interior sequences that feel less like a movie than like filmed theater, albeit of a rather high order.
  2. Reviewed by: Danny King
    Jul 15, 2014
    Fanny has a stagy sensibility, but Auteuil displays flashes of genuine, old-school craft.
  3. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Jun 30, 2014
    It’s best to sit back and luxuriate in the film’s unhurried pleasures: crisp Mediterranean settings, Alexandre Desplat’s mournful score and a clutch of likeable performances.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 15, 2014
    Visually, nothing’s changed, with Auteuil still framing his actors (and himself) in purely functional medium shots, occasionally punctuated by postcard-pretty views of Marseilles’ piers. Dramatically, however, Fanny is a bit meatier.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jul 17, 2014
    Mr. Auteuil’s passion project is sincere but not successful, honorable but not alive.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Jun 30, 2014
    Auteuil has fashioned hidebound museum pieces that expand the backdrop with sun-dappled glimpses of port activity, while generally resisting any notes of modernity or change of emphasis. What modicum of cosy Sunday-afternoon pleasure they provide stems from the performers.
  7. Reviewed by: Clayton Dillard
    Jul 14, 2014
    The characters, the sets, and the scenes all exist to propagate the notion that pleasure derives from repetition and remediation.


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