Dir. Daniel Auteuil, 2013, 93 min
With Daniel Auteuil, Raphaël Personnaz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Victoire Bélézy
In French with English subtitles
Following his acclaimed film The Well-Digger’s Daughter, Daniel Auteuil turned again to the work of Marcel Pagnol for inspiration, embarking on a retelling of his classic Marseille Trilogy. In this first part, Marius (Raphaël Personnaz), the strapping young son of blustery café owner César (Auteuil), is torn between his love for the pretty fishmonger Fanny (Victoire Bélézy) and his dreams of a life at sea. Meanwhile, the kindly old shop-owner Panisse (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) is also courting Fanny, setting up a love triangle that will propel the entire trilogy. As Marius and Fanny must choose between freedom and responsibility, each decision leads to greater heartbreak.