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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 17 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Jean De Florette / Manon Des Sources Double Pack [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
My brother and his girlfriend bought this for us for Christmas, which we initially thought a surprising gift as we'd never seen (or expressed a wish in seeing) a foreign language film before. Having just watched it, I have to say it was an completely inspired choice. Initially, it's the quality of the cinematography that draws you in, as the landscape of Provence and its wild animals are portrayed at their most beautiful and detailed. Then it's the tale of an idealistic young man moving out of the town to try and make a living in the country with his family, and the way in which his neighbours conspire to thwart him. The story plays out like a Greek tragedy, but over such a generous period of time (watching both films back to back takes around four hours) that you can understand the conflicting feelings of the neighbours in a way that makes the ending both poignant and satisfying. All kinds of big themes are touched on before then: greed, love, kindness, betrayal, sacrifice, regret, dedication, mistrust and prejudice are just some of them, but they're essayed in such an understated way that you never feel that the film is heavyhanded in getting its point across. Since it's impossible to imagine seeing one film without the other, this double set is really the only way to experience this masterpiece.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2014 20:42:25 BDT
J. Hirst says:
No English subtitles on this Blu Ray version though, just French.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2015 21:14:26 BDT
Arkle says:
This review is not for the Blue Ray version, so your comment is inappropriate. Amazon do tend to combine different sets of reviews when there are multiple editions of a film or book.
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Jeremy Walton
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