Picking up moments after the end of Marius, this film follows Fanny’s grief after Marius’s departure—and her realization that she’s pregnant. Honoré Panisse continues courting her and embraces the baby’s impending arrival as a gift, so long as the paternity remains a secret. Fanny and Panisse wed, but after her baby’s birth, Marius returns unexpectedly and demands what he believes is still his.
“A classic of poetic French cinema . . . often remade and remade, but never equaled.” —The 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