Top positive review
Loved both - heartbreaking but strangely re-assuring award winning French classics!
16 February 2018
Picture this - just started getting a rotten flu - had to take day off work (which turned into a week - hope you did not get it this year - worst flu Ive ever had!...).....and some films by my player Id not got round to watching.
Id heard of these films - Im a french film fan - Adore D.Atuils Le Bossu and Rimaud and Juliette and most his other stuff, and of course Im a huge Depardu fan (who isn't!) - Id heard of but never got round to seeing where their careers truely started.....and believe you me they both started with
what are undoubtedly two magnificent classics.
The ending of Manon des sources is heartbreaking yes.....but the journey there is bittersweet too - These films to me are the french
equivalent to the harshness of the likes of Thomas Hardy - Jude the obscur (Jude de Obscura! ahar) - there is a barreness and real life
of pain quality to all the characters - behind the bountiful French country life broods ignorance, cruelty, jealousy and the disturbance of
beautiful innocence. Without giving the story away if you have not seen it and are any kind of french film fan, these are must watches.
Beautifully shot - and acted by all involved - I had to stop at the end of the Manon des sources - blew my nose for the 50th time without thinking - added the tissue to my foot high tissue pyramid - and I looked at my pile of snot and i thought - even with this bad flu at least a third of the tissue was needed because the film was so saddening. But also re-assuring in it's realisation of characters and poetic stance.
A must see!