Twenty-five years after rising to international acclaim in JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING, Daniel Auteuil returns to the world of Marcel Pagnol for his directorial debut, a celebrated remake of the 1940s classic. Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia (the luminous Astrid Berges-Frisbey), has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascal dreams of marrying her off to his loyal friend Felipe (Kad Merad). But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascale is left to contend with the consequences. An exquisitely crafted, sun-drenched melodrama, set to a score by Academy Award-nominee Alexandre Desplat (THE KING'S SPEECH), the film captures all the warmth and humanist spirit of Pagnol's original work.
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As she cuts across the fields to take her father his lunch, Patricia meets Jacques. She is eighteen, he is twenty-six. She is pretty, with the fine manners of a young lady; he is a fighter pilot and a handsome young man. A full moon will do the rest on their second meeting. There won't be a third rendezvous: Jacques is sent to the front.
Patricia finds herself pregnant. The boy's rich parents accuse her of blackmail. Patricia and her father, the well-digger, will alone have the joy of welcoming her child. A joy that the Mazels will soon envy and seek to share when Jacques goes missing in action...
Around 1872, an English gentleman Phileas Fogg (David Niven) claims he can circumnavigate the world in eighty days. He makes a wager with several skeptical fellow members of his London gentlemen's club, the Reform Club, that he can arrive back within 80 days.
Together with his resourceful valet, Passepartout (Mario Moreno 'Cantinflas'), Fogg sets out on his journey from Paris via a hot air balloon. Meanwhile, suspicion grows that Fogg has stolen 55,000 from the Bank of England so Police Inspector Fix (Robert Newton) is sent out by Ralph the bank president (Robert Morley) to trail and arrest Fogg. Hopscotching around the globe, Fogg pauses in Spain, where Passepartout engages in a comic bullfight. In India, Fogg and Passepartout rescue young widow Princess Aouda (Shirley MacLaine) from being forced into a funeral pyre with her late husband. The threesome visit Hong Kong, Japan, San Francisco, and the Wild West. Only hours short of winning his wager, Fogg is arrested upon returning to London, by the diligent yet misguided Inspector Fix.
At the jail, the humiliated Fix informs Fogg that the real culprit was caught in Brighton. Though eventually exonerated of the charges, he has lost everything except the love of the winsome Aouda. But salvation is at hand when Passepartout realizes the next morning that, by crossing the International Date Line, they have gained a day. There is still time to reach the Reform Club and win the bet. To the surprise of all waiting at the club, Fogg arrives just before the clock's chime at 8:45 pm. Aouda and Passepartout then arrive. Noticing Fogg's whole travel party is here, Ralph announces the end of the journey.
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FORBIDDEN FRUIT is a tale about an apple farmer named Adam, whose apple orchard happens to share the same irrigation ditch as the local factory... a factory that makes the sexual enhancement drug 'Vigora'! When an inquisitive new worker at the factory samples the pills and gets caught with his pants down, he accidentally 'pokes' the machine into overdrive which begins churning out pills the size of hockey pucks! He and his co-worker decide that the only thing to do is to unload the evidence into the irrigation ditch...super-charging the orchard?s water supply with Vigora in the process. The demand for Adam's apples suddenly shoots up and the small town is turned upside down as people travel from miles around to sample the performance-enhancing apples. FORBIDDEN FRUIT is a stimulating comedy that will have you laughing so hard you'll want to watch it again...and again....and again!
The owner of a small apple orchard finds business booming after a company that produces sexual enhancement drugs comes to town and begins using the same irrigation ditch that he uses to water his crops.
The winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this classic film version of Jules Verne's beloved novel boasts an amazing all-star cast which includes Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-winners Shirley MacLaine ("Rumor Has It," "In Her Shoes") and John Gielgud ("Elizabeth," "Quest for Camelot"), Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner and Emmy-nominee David Niven ("Curse of the Pink Panther," "Trail of the Pink Panther") and Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee Marlene Dietrich ("Morocco," "Witness for the Prosecution"). Movie buffs will delight at the more than forty cameo appearances found throughout this globetrotting adventure, including Noel Coward, Trevor Howard, Peter Lorre and Frank Sinatra. One of the top-grossing films upon release, and great family entertainment! Selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 400 greatest American films of all time.
Phileas Fogg bet his fellow club members that he could circle the globe in eighty days. That may not be impressive today, but in 1872, it was nearly impossible.
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