A young boy, whose father's is an teacher, witness of the success of his father as institutor, the sucess again of his arrogant uncle Jules. Marcel, the young boy, spending his summer vacation in a cottage in Provence and meets a local boy who teaches him the secrets of the hill in Provence.
In terms of films about boyhood, this one is an unrivalled gem. It evokes the true essence of exploration; the excitement of learning, and above all, the treasured and priceless importance of companionship. It is a beautifully written story, competently transposed to film and with a cast that could not be bettered. All in all, both this film and its sequel: Le Chateau de Ma Mere would be essential to any collection depicting the all-important, precious but sadly short-lived period of childhood. It’s only failing; and I stress that is a minor point (forgive the pun) is that the character of Marcel, the older boy, remains the same size over a three year period, and I still do not comprehend how his father: a schoolmaster, was not aware that his son could read! I would also like to point out; and for the benefit of those who might be misled by the RFF comments, is that by no stretch of the imagination can any part of this film be construed as controversial; except in narrow-minded, bigoted and prudish Britain. The nude scenes are incontestably charming, innocent and just as much a part of the film as the buying of a loaf of bread. Might I therefore suggest that the word: ‘Controversial’ be scrapped altogether, because in civilised parts of the world, where nudity is accepted, it would meet with ridicule.
Rating: 10 Peter Pan is alive and well, but which Peter Pan, I hear you ask?