I think it's one of the most truthful & realistic romantic relationships I have seen put to celluloid. The story is so simple Bar Keep's son (Marius) torn between life on the sea & life with his first love Fanny a local girl.
The first film focuses on their love & struggles & showcases such truth & realism...you just believe in the characters. I was so surprised how quickly I was whisked away into this Marseilles world, a terrific & wonderful film.
But there are the colorful lines, the irascible characters, the inimitable taste & ambiance of the Vieux Port, the smell of the colonial Marseilles that make it an instant, timeless and such emotional Provencal classic.