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Posted by martinteller on June 16, 2011

Marius is the son of Cesar, and both work in the family tavern.  Fanny is the daughter of Honorine, a fishmonger.  Marius and Fanny have known each other all their lives, and are in love (though they may be reluctant to admit it).  But looming over any possibility of romance is Marius’ insatiable George Bailey-esque wanderlust, he yearns to sail out of the Marseilles harbor.  This is a charming little film about love and sacrifice, populated with loveable characters and amusing situations.  There is an easygoing air to these old French movies… even the arguments and conflicts have an affectionate tone.  The father-son relationship between Marius and Cesar (an especially winning performance by Raimu) has an adorable sweetness to it, as when they each humor the other’s deceptions.  Orane Demazis’ portrayal of Fanny is a little harder to pin down, but such is the nature of an adolescent girl.  I’m very curious to see what the next installment brings.  Rating: 8


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