My Father’s Glory
1990 (G) France/subtitles
Director: Yves Robert
Cast: Philippe Caubère, Nathalie Roussel, Julien Ciamaca
Based on the best-selling memoirs of French novelist/filmmaker Marcel Pagnol, this captivating recollection of a young boy’s life in turn-of-the-century South of France is an intelligent, emotionally realistic account of a more idyllic time. A glorious celebration of family, this is one of the most beguiling films since charm went out of fashion. Among the intoxicating hills of rustic Provence, young Marcel and his family experience an unforgettable summer holiday. Marcel, mystified by nature, eagerly turns to his father, Joseph, for an education on the ways of the wild. But Joseph comes up short in Marcel’s eyes when cantankerous Uncle Jules proves far more knowledgeable. To redeem himself, Joseph challenges Jules to a hunting match to prove that he is not only the patriarch but also a father who deserves respect. The film glorifies good and wonderful values, some of which have long since become unfashionable and ridiculed in certain crowds, such as the importance of family, love and respect between parents and children and the important role of the father, as well as enjoying
the simplicities in life. The settings and scenery are splendid, and the acting is superb.
“MY FATHER’S GLORY is the first in a series of two films that creep up on you with small moments of warmth and charm.” – Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“Shows how the embrace of place enables us to nourish our inner identity and to stretch our consciousness.” – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, SPIRITUALITY & PRACTICE