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Jean De Florette 1986

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Co-adapted by director Claude Berri from a novel by Marcel Pagnol, this hugely successful French historical drama concerns a bizarre battle royale over a valuable natural spring in a remote French farming community. City dweller Jean Cadoret (Gérard Depardieu) assumes ownership of the spring when the original owner is accidentally killed by covetous farmer Cesar Soubeyran (Yves Montand). Soubeyran and his equally disreputable nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) pull every dirty trick in the book to force Cadoret off his land, but the novice farmer stands firm. Although the Soubeyrans appear to gain the upper hand, the audience is assured that they will eventually be foiled by the vengeful daughter of the spring's deceased owner -- thus setting the stage for the film's equally successful sequel, Manon of the Spring.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu
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DVD

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Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu, Yves Montand, Gerard Depardieu
Director Claude Berri
Studio PATHE DISTRIBUTION
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages French
Subtitles English

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Manolitos on 1 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
If you do not know anything about Pagnol and his wonderful books, here is a very easy and wonderful way to discover his universe. Pagnol mainly painted in his novels the quality of life from the South of France. Life is there very warm and full of colour of which pagnol manages to define and enhance the beauties. This movie is the story of a hutchback moving to the south of France in order to change his life and start a new business in the hills somewhere in provence where life flows nicely with in the background the sound of grasshoppers so recurrent when walking though the country in Provence. His main character, Jean will create some jealousy around him and starts a nightmare in which he will struggle. This movie is full of colour and like a pianting will give you smile and tears.
For all the foreigners watching this movie, the language is not so easy to understand and definitely the subtitles will be of great help. All the actors speaks with the accent of the south of France of which you have to listen carefully in order to understand the full meaning. I would recommend this movie for advanced learners in French.
Beautiful!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sept. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of my favourite films - coupled with the sequel Manon des Sources. Along with all that very special French style, it is a fascinating story set in southern France under that hot sun that drives people mad ..... and the story has a savage kick in its tail but you'll have to see Manon des Sources to find out what it is - or perhaps you'll guess. But if you do, it doesn't make it any less fascinating. Read the book too.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
"Jean de Florette" is a classic French film about the tragic consequences of greed and envy. Jean (Gerard Depardieu) leaves his job in the city and brings his wife and little daughter, Manon, to live on the farm he has just inherited. He does not know that there is an excellent spring on his land, but his neighbour Cesar (Yves Montand) and his nephew Ugolin know, and they want it for themselves. They plug up the spring, planning to force Jean to sell the property (to them). Jean is an idealist and happily begins raising rabbits and planting vegetables, but they will soon die without water.

The story unfolds at a leisurely pace, allowing plenty of time to get to know loving Jean, unscrupulous Cesar, and simple Ugolin. The three lead actors are all excellent and so convincing you'll be mesmerized. The photography is quite lovely. The ending may come as a surprise if you don't know that this is part one of two films; the second, "Manon of the Spring," continues the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
"Jean de Florette," (1986), a French drama, is a mouth-watering, award-winning color film, set apparently, in the early 20th century, in Provence, in the gorgeous, fertile south of France. With its sequel,Manon of the Spring (Manon Des Sources) [DVD], it tells a bittersweet tale of life among the peasantry of the time. It is based on a novel, with which I am not familiar, by Marcel Pagnol, with whose work, I regret, I am also not familiar, tho I believe he was a screenwriter of note. It was adapted for the screen and directed by Claude Berri. The original score was written, and performed by Jean-Claude Petit and his orchestra; there are musical snatches throughout of the opera Verdi: La forza del destino by Guiseppi Verdi.

Central to the tale are the schemings of Cesar Soubeyran, known as "Le Papet" locally, wealthy, almost last survivor of a dynasty of hard-working, successful peasants, and treated with great respect in the village. As played by the magnetic, older Yves Montand, (Wages Of Fear [DVD] [1952];Les Diaboliques [1954] [DVD]), he is as hard a man as his long life has made him. Then, his possibly not all there nephew Ugolin, played by Daniel Auteil, always so successful at playing not particularly bright characters (
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reptile on 17 May 2006
Format: DVD
The only problem with this excellent film is that my French is not very good, so that I ended up reading the subtitles rather than listening to the dialogue. Having said this, it is beautifully photographed and very well acted. Gerard Depardieu is perhaps the best known actor, but all the cast are of an equally high standard, so that you end up being interested in the characters, not all of whom are conventionally 'sympathetic.' This is a very different world from any that I have ever lived in, but it is unexpectedly fascinating and leads you on the sequel, Manon des Sources.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MarinaThomson on 17 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
This is one of the best films I have ever seen. I first saw it many years ago and always intended to buy the DVD, having finally gotten round to purchasing it and watched it once again, it was wonderful. It is a gutsy film of good and evil, with wonderful acting and a gripping story line. Anyone buying this must buy the follow up Manon des Sources to find out the end of the story. It is a film that stays with you, makes you think and has a huge lasting impression.

Even for someone like me, who is not a big fan of sub titles, this is more than worth the effort. I envy those who have yet to experience the pleasure of seeing this film.
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