Marius
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This moving love story by Marcel Pagnol is set at the Old Port of Marseille, in the Bar de la Marine, run by César and his son Marius. A dreamer, Marius sees a life for himself on the sea, embarking on one of the many ships that sail by each day heading off to distant horizons. Fanny, a young woman who sells shellfish outside the bar, is secretly in love with Marius (who has always secretly loved her back). When Marius finally gets his chance to go to sea, Fanny plots to keep him back by revealing her love for him and stirring his jealousy vis-à-vis another man who is enamored of her. Marius… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"It's not entirely clear what this faithful, slightly creaky new rendering, adapted and directed by the actor Daniel Auteuil, has to offer."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"Daniel Auteuil's less exercising diligent homage than indulging troglodytic cinephilia."
‑ Clayton Dillard, Slant Magazine
"A surprising resurrection of the old Pagnol tale, its a tad stagey but charming with it."
‑ Ian Freer, Empire Magazine
"Marius... is all protracted setup, taking 94 minutes to tell the same basic story that the soft-rock 1970s hit "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" manages in just three."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, The Dissolve
"Worth taking in for the performances alone, this modest film feels like the product of another era."
‑ T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette
"Despite its very Gallic blend of amour and ennui, it's as if a Sunday-night British TV series had crossed the Channel."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
"Utterly delightful, almost uncanny in its perfect period confidence and brio, this is a reminder once more of why we love French films."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Not just cinéma de papa, but cinema de grand-papa."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"There's a certain group of cosy words, including nostalgic, warm and gentle that have a tendency to damn with faint praise, and yet all of them apply to Daniel Auteuil's charming (there's another one) adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's Marius."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
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