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Crime and Punishment,
This review is from: Jean De Florette / Manon Des Sources Double Pack [DVD]  (DVD)
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.