Twenty years have passed since Fanny. Fanny’s son, Césariot, is in a military academy; Honoré Panisse is on his deathbed, and the local priest demands that Panissse reveal the truth about the paternity. Panisse refuses and dies; Fanny then divulges the secret, sending Césariot on a search for his own identity and for Marius, whose life has been fraught with calamity and poverty. Now free to follow her love, Fanny seeks out Marius as well, and with the help of César (Marius’s father and Césariot’s grandfather) resolves the star-crossed destinies.

“A classic of poetic French cinema . . . often remade and remade, but never equaled.” —New York Times

“Gentle, humane, embracing a full range from slapstick to tragedy, Marcel Pagnol’s trilogy about the people of the Marseille waterfront has bewitched audiences for decades.” Village Voice

“Savour the finely drawn character studies, the triumphant acting, the warmth, humanity, and tightly reined sentimentality of Pagnol’s whole outlook.” —Time Out London

Read Michael Sragow’s Film Comment essay on the Marseille Trilogy, Pagnol’s “dance of death and life.”

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Marcel Pagnol
French with English subtitles
Running Time
142 minutes
Digital, B/W