Our review of Le temps des secrets, by Christophe Barratier: an ode to Pagnol’s Provence

CRITICISM – By adapting the third volume of the novelist’s childhood memories, the director of Choristers completes the diptych signed thirty-two years ago by Yves Robert. And follows in his footsteps with humility and fidelity.

The cart plods along, fully loaded under the July sun. Leaving the streets of Marseilles, it rattles along the stony paths of an eternal Provence. Sitting at the back of the cart, young Marcel, 12, widens his eyes, happy to have finished his school year, delighted to be going on vacation again, with his parents, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts.

From the first images of Christophe Barratier’s new film, The Time of Secrets , a jubilant whiff of freedom invades the screen. Here we are ready to dive back into the tender and literary universe of Marcel Pagnol. Near La Treille, the family bastide wisely awaits the Pagnols, with its 300-year-old oak tree, its shaded arbor, and its azure blue shutters. He knows it, he feels it, the little hero (played with accuracy and emotion by Léo Campion) returns to his dear hills of Aubagne and Allauch. He will hear the song of the cicadas again, walk through the lavender fields to…

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