Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II ) (1986)
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Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources) has also been released as Jean de Florette II in the US, as it is a sequel to Claude Berri's Jean de Florette. Both films are drawn from the same source: Filmmaker/novelist Marcel Pagnol's 1952 rural romance, also titled Jean de Florette. Manon (Emmanuelle Beart), now fully grown, is a shepherdess who prefers to keep her distance from the local villagers. She is determined to uncover the truth behind the death of her father (played by Gerard Depardieu in
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Berri also remains a boringly uninteresting director, dotting every i and crossing every t with nothing much on his mind but platitude.
Berri is unable to overcome the inherent feebleness of the Manon character, here played ineffectually by the lovely and talented Emmanuelle Beart.
There is a satisfying symmetry to events, with Manon able to take her revenge on the Soubeyrans.
The acting, from that of the four major stars to the numerous supporting cast members, is without flaw.
Another aching heartbreaker of a film by Berri that absorbs and rewards the audience for sticking with Manon on her sun-beaten quest.
Like its predecessor, Manon of the Spring is filled with marvelous photography, gorgeous rolling landscapes, and spectacular performances.
The two films make an elegant, satisfying film that lasts for four hours and possess an ending worthy of every minute leading up to it.
As lovely and intriguing as 'Jean de Florette' in every way.
An admirable follow-up that completes the saga that Claude Berri started with such aplomb.
Audience Reviews for Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II )
- Priest: I'll now speak to this unknown criminal if he exists. To him I say, my brother there's no sin that cannot be atoned for by sincere repentance. Our Lord Jesus Christ said this astounding phrase, 'there is more room in Heaven for one repentant sinner than for 100 self-righteous men.' Whatever your offense, try to make amends.
- Priest: The biggest crimes often escape human justice, but God knows them all.
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