The film has been adapted from a literary monument:
how did you appropriate it?
You could say I was a good customer. My grandmother was an actress and her walls were covered with photos of Raimu and Fernandel, and she played in Marius, Topaze… I’ve always heard people talking about Pagnol. When Marius was shown on the television, it was almost like a “curfew” at home. Pagnol’ s work always appeared quite naturally to me. I feel a sort of complicity and intimacy with the characters.
The movie focuses on Marcel who leaves primary school and enters the “big league”, discovering first love and also secrets hidden by his parents. For the film adaptation, I had to work on reorganising scenes and I sometimes had to take things from Pagnol’s other books to add to the dialogues and I’ve made certain moments of the film more spectacular such as when they hunt the snake in the cave.