Dir. Daniel Auteuil, 2013, 102 min
With Daniel Auteuil, Raphaël Personnaz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Victoire Bélézy
In French with English subtitles
The second part of Marcel Pagnol’s classic trilogy following love and loss in a Marseille port community, actor/director Daniel Auteuil faithfully and beautifully breathes new life into this beloved text.
As it opens, Fanny (Victoire Bélézy) finds herself abandoned, pregnant, and fearful for her unborn child. To secure the baby’s future, she agrees to marry the wealthy merchant Panisse (Jean-Pierre Daroussin), who guarantees a comfortable, if loveless, future. As she adjusts to her new reality, Marius reappears in her life, reigniting the once repressed but newly powerful emotions she thought she had extinguished.