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Jean De Florette / Manon Des Sources Double Pack [DVD] [1986]

4.8 out of 5 stars 280 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart, Gérard Depardieu, Hippolyte Girardot
  • Directors: Claude Berri
  • Writers: Claude Berri, Marcel Pagnol
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 225 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BRB9ZM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,165 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In Jean De Florettes an old man and his only remaining relative in a rural French village cast their covetous eyes on an adjoining vacant property. They need its spring water for growing their flowers, so are dismayed to hear the man who has inherited it is moving in. They block up the spring and watch as their new neighbour tries to keep his crops watered from wells far afield through the hot summer. Though they see his desperate efforts are breaking his health and his wife and daughter's hearts they think only of getting the water. In the sequel, Manon Des Sources, Manon (Beart) has grown into a beautiful young shepherdess living in the idyllic Provencal countryside. She determines to take revenge upon the men responsible for the death of her father in the first film.

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By Jeremy Walton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2008
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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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These two combined films are simply the best i have ever seen, by some distance. The first story is poignant, tragic and so well acted, written and directed that it is a masterpiece of itself, but not seeing the second denies you an incredible film experience. By the closing minutes of Manon Des Sources, you should appreciate how much better these masterpieces are than anything hollywood has released for many, many years. With wonderful cinematography and its spectacular soundtrack lifted from Verdi's La forza del destino, these films are hauntingly beautiful, thoroughly gripping and unforgettable.
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If you are going to watch "Jean de Florette", then you should watch "Manon des Sources" straight after it , as it is less a sequel and more of a direct continuation of the first film. Both films tell the tale of greed, underhandedness, toil ,trouble , love and sacrifice in a rural French setting , where the arrival of an urban hunchback Jean (Gerard Depardieu) and his family upset the plans of the devious landowner Cesar (Yves Montand) and his simple, but loyal, nephew Urogin (Daniel Auteuil). Tragedy strikes at the end of "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources" continues the story with the themes of retribution and justice prominent. The acting ,characterisation and cinematography are all excellent and the storyline is engaging and poignant. Both films are rightly regarded as classics of French cinema.
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Released within a year of each other, "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des Sources" (aka "Manon of the Spring") are often viewed and reviewed separately, but the truth is that they're integral parts of a single story which needs to be seen in sequence for its full impact to be revealed.

Set in the 1920's, both explore the stark realities of the tough existence and myopic intrigue that was an integral part of life in the Luberon's stunningly pretty countryside & villages before the march of time transformed them into "must see" tourist destinations. Beautifully filmed and meticulously crafted, their brilliantly effective evocation of the realities of this now lost and very different world elevates each into the category of truly outstanding cinema - visual feasts that re-create what life was really like, good and bad, in what we now see as an "idyllic" time.

And, as entertainment? Well, "Jean de Florette" wins in terms of having the stronger and most obvious "plot", enhanced by Gerard Depardieu's tremendous performance as a man seeking to realise his vision in the face of insurmountable odds. But that is, as "Manon des Sources" reveals, only half the story, for beneath the tragedy of "Jean de Florette" is a much more tragic sequence of events. Slower, more reflective and, in the end, deeply moving, "Manon des Sources" is not simply a "follow-up" but the key to understanding the full story on offer.

Individually each "works" and, as such, stands in its own right as an excellent film, but it is only when seen together that their true power is revealed. You really do need to see both...
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This is a fantastic pair of films telling a single story: beautifully photographed, poignant music and an ending that is completely unexpected.

If you don't want to spoil your enjoyment of these films, avoid reading a review of 8 Nov 2006, which recounts the entire story of the first DVD, including its ending.

Let's hope that this reviewer won't write a second review giving away the story of the even more surprising denouement on the second DVD.
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Its hard to think of anything negative about these two excellent films (not going to repeat the story again-there are plenty of reviews here). However its worth noting that the slowness in the pace of these films mirrors the lives and setting of the characters portraid within. If you have the time (4 hours) and patience you see the story unfolding rather than punching you in the face! The ending is one of the best, in that it is unexpected and jaw dropping. Ignore the negativity from other reviews, pseudo experts who hint but fail to suggest of better, buy them and see for yourself, it will be money well spent
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