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  • Summary: In Marseilles' Old Port, Cesar (Daniel Auteuil) and his son Marius (Raphaël Personnaz) own La Marine Bar. Marius' biggest dream is to embark on one of the boats passing by his dad's bar and to set off to a faraway land. Fanny (Victoire Bélézy), a young and pretty seafood peddler, has secretly been in love with Marius since her childhood; Marius, never admitting it, has always loved Fanny. One day, a sailor drops by La Marine and offers him a job on an exploratory ship. Trying to hold him off and to make him jealous, Fanny confesses his love to him and provokes a fight between Marius and one of Cesar's old friends, Panisse, a boat merchant, who despite his old age, has been courting Fanny for a while. Torn between the call of the sea and his love for her, Marius abandons his dream to be with Fanny who gives herself to him. As Cesar and Honorine, Fanny's mother, are getting ready for the wedding, Marius changes his mind, drawn back to the call of the sea. Sacrificing her love, Fanny convinces Marius to embark on his journey, leaving her behind. Devastated but holding back her tears, she hides Marius' decision from his father. [Kino Lorber] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Jul 17, 2014
    70
    Despite what sounds, and sometimes plays out, like a working-class soap opera, Pagnol’s genius is evident in the way emotions are often distilled through the characters’ winsome Southern attitudes, creating an atmosphere infused with playful humor, innate wit and an endless flow of alcohol.
  2. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Jun 30, 2014
    60
    The material is a French classic, and Auteuil directs as such: this is cosy, undemanding heritage cinema.
  3. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Jun 30, 2014
    60
    Strong performances, warmth and light comedy abound, even if it is a bit stagey.
  4. Reviewed by: Clayton Dillard
    Jun 30, 2014
    50
    Daniel Auteuil's less exercising diligent homage than indulging troglodytic cinephilia.
  5. Reviewed by: Danny King
    Jul 8, 2014
    50
    Auteuil doesn't distance himself enough from the era to allow room for critique. As a result, the old-fashioned attitudes on display are accepted with open arms rather than reckoned with.
  6. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jul 3, 2014
    50
    It’s not entirely clear what this faithful, slightly creaky new rendering, adapted and directed by the actor Daniel Auteuil, has to offer.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Jul 5, 2014
    40
    Not just cinéma de papa, but cinema de grand-papa.

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