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Manon of the Spring (Manon Des Sources) [DVD]

Yves Montand , Emmanuelle Béart , Claude Berri    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil, Hippolyte Girardot, Margarita Lozano
  • Directors: Claude Berri
  • Writers: Claude Berri, Gérard Brach, Marcel Pagnol
  • Producers: Alain Poiré, Pierre Grunstein
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Umbrella Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CCR67Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,455 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Less a sequel than a seamless continuation of its predecessor, Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources brings with it a more epic scope as it depicts the growth to womanhood of the daughter (Emmanuelle Béart) of the doomed farmer of the first film. As she discovers the truth of what happened to her father as a result of the scheming of their neighbour (Yves Montand), who took the land for himself, she vows revenge, realising that the neighbour's deeds have irrevocably shaped the course of her life. Her moves toward avenging her father's demise provide an ironic twist to this harsh and thought-provoking saga, and French director Claude Berri perfectly illustrates the lasting consequences of deceit, greed, and revenge. Manon des Sources is a very special subtitled film-choice, destined to be revered for years to come. --Robert Lane

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Ten years after the death of Jean Cadoret, his wife has returned to the life of opera singer and his daughter Manon has grown up and become a gorgeous lonely shepherdess. Ugolin is now a thirty year-old wealthy bachelor planting carnations. His grandfather Cesar Soubeyran presses him to get married to carry the name of their family since he is the last man alive. When Ugolin sees Manon on the fields, he falls in love with her, but the shy Manon is infatuated with the school teacher Bernard Olivier. One day, Manon overhears the conversation of two locals about the vile action of Ugolin and Cesar and she plots revenge against the two scoundrels blocking the spring of the whole town. While the farmers and the dwellers despair and the mayor summons a water specialist from the city, the priest organizes a precession. Later Cesar has a conversation with the blind Delphine (Yvonne Gamy) that discloses a secret about his beloved Florette. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Ceasar Awards, ...Manon of the Spring ( Manon Des Sources ) ( Jean de Florette II )

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, heartbreaking tale set in Provence 25 Sep 2005
This film finishes the story that was begun in "Jean de Florette." Ten years ago, Cesar (Yves Montand) and his nephew Ugolin plugged up the spring on Jean's farm, causing him to lose his crops and die in a tragic accident. They then bought his land, reopened the spring, and became successful flower growers.
Manon was just a child when her father died, and is now a beautiful young woman, living alone in the hills with her goats. Ugolin falls hopelessly in love with Manon on first sight, and Cesar, desperate for his family name to go on, encourages his nephew to court her. She, however, despises them both when she learns they blocked her father's spring, causing his death. She takes her revenge, Ugolin takes a pitiful step, and, too late, Cesar learns a heartbreaking secret.
This very moving story has been compared to a Greek tragedy; it shows the pain of unrequited love, the power of vengeance, and the irony of fate. Yves Montand is wonderful as the greedy, clever, and lonely Cesar. I recommend seeing "Jean de Florette" first, and then you can enjoy the story's surprising and touching resolution.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, beautifully filmed and acted 7 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Having read the books (Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources) for A-Level French, I've known and loved the story, and the imagery portrayed by Marcel Pagnol through his loving descriptions of the Provence countryside, for a long time.
Claude Berri has wonderfully captured the essence of the books in both films. The cinematography is unequalled in modern films, and the acting puts most Holywood actors to shame. Yves Montand plays the part of the scheming Cesar Soubeyran with absolute conviction and Daniel Auteuil continues to excel as Ugolin. This film also benefits from the abilities of Emmanuelle Beart (Manon) and Hyppolyte Girardot.
You need to have watched Jean de Florette first to fully understand this film, however that does not detract from the fact that this is an absolutely brilliant film, one that is already a classic. It is all too easy to make a bad film of a good book, this is not the case with Jean de Florette and Manon des sources, these films do justice in every sense to the books.
The sleeve claims that these two films are the best French films of the past three decades, I say they are the best films of the past three decades from any country.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sequel of all time 8 Jun 2005
By A Customer
I loved the first film (Jean de Florette) but this is, if anything, even better. This is clearly one of the very best films ever made. The acting is sublime. The storyline superb and the direction very high quality. The scenery is also wonderful. Obviously you need to also see Jean de Florette first but don't hesitate for a second about that. This is quality cinema at its very best. An absolute masterpiece.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Conclusion to a Piece of Cinema History 21 Feb 2003
One of the all time "perfect" movies in so many respects. It ties in all the unresolved issues of Jean de Florette. It portrays humanity in a near all-encompassing microcosm. Evil, good, grey, and all gradations in between in a simple provincial village in France circa who knows when? It's universal. We don't have to trouble ourselves about dates. It could be yesterday. It could have happened a century hence. Conssummate film making in every aspect. Cinematography, sweeping. Acting, uniformly brilliant. Direction? Masterful. Script? Not many better. Buy this classic and it's predecessor and prepare to be swept away.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Reptile
The absence of Gerard Depardieu is amply compensated for by Emanuelle Beart, although I don't mean to imply that her role is comparable to his. Jean de Florette is beautifully photographed, but this is even more visually impressive. The only warning I have to give is that elements of the plot are sad. This is not a depressing film, however. In fact, I found it the reverse.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligently-written and wonderfully executed 19 Nov 2000
By A Customer
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Berri's intelligently-written, beautifully-photographed and wonderfully executed film is in every respect an equal to the first part of his adaptation of Pagnol's work, despite the absence of the charismatic Gerard Depardieu who was so influential in the earlier film's title role as Jean de Florette. He is ably replaced in this continuation of that story by his screen daughter, played by Emmanuelle Beart in a role which created her own stardom. She is excellent as her father's avenging angel, exacting ironical recompense from his torturer (Yves Montand), and Montand's sorry nephew (Daniel Auteuil). But, despite the nature of the plot, Berri resists the temptation of romanticising the contrast between the feuding camps, and retains Pagnol's eye for the rural setting and the sympathetic elements in the characters of all the main protagonists.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless entertainment 22 Mar 2004
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
As pointed out elsewhere, it's fairly meaningless to view this film without having seen Jean de Florette first, so the DVDs should really be packaged as one.
But it's unreasonable to be be churlish about these films - they are heart-rendingly perfect in almost every way imaginable, and finish with a sting in the tail. If anything, Manon des Sources is even greater than JdF, thanks a tragic unrequited love and remorse, not to mention the delightful presence of Emmanuelle Beart.
This is timeless entertainment and a pair of films that warrant comparison with the greatest of classic fiction translated to celluloid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
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Published 3 days ago by TJ MCGINN
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
Love this film! Although it's a sequel so you'll want to watch jean de florette first to get a better idea of what's going on.
Published 17 days ago by Olly
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
I love this film. Watch it in French with subtitles to help with A2.
Published 1 month ago by MISS D PHELAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill Film
A great film following on from the first film. Great ending.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. G. Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Th e best this year
Thiis disc was super having lived in a village like this one in Provence,it was so well done in all respects
Published 4 months ago by richard
1.0 out of 5 stars crap
Can't play the stupid dvd...been sent one for a cook different region ...bloody carp carp crap carp carp carp crap
Published 6 months ago by lee martin
5.0 out of 5 stars No problems at all
Precisely as specified & worked well. Good picture, good sound, good price. What more can I say. Totally satisfied with purchase.
Published 8 months ago by Bill Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
I love this movie. It is a French tale from my childhood. The movie is well directed and is blessed with the talent of incredible actors. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kristine Leroy
4.0 out of 5 stars great entertainment
this is the sequel to jean de florette films which we watched years ago and with tv films being so disappointing we wanted tyo watch quality
Published 16 months ago by kevin dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but watch Jean de Florette first
Outstanding film, going far beyond the usual range of screen emotions. Beautifully shot, engrossing and unexpected. It essential to watch Jean de Florette first.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Grentham
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