Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II ) (1986)
as Cesar Soubeyran
as Bernard Olivier
as Aimee Cadoret
as Village Woman
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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.
Audience Reviews for Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II )
Raves for the prior film, Jean de Florette. This film, however, is bizarre and unsettling. Story is nowhere near as brilliantly conceived or beautiful. Seems like a straight-to-video bit of billingsgate rushed to market by a slasher film director. I give it a "M'eh".
Poetic, endearing, heartbreaking. the second part of Jean de Florette's tragedy deals with the consequences of the greed and hypocresy shown among the villagers in the first part and how it affects their lives. Some surprising things come up as well. I never thought that not only the characters, but myself as well, would all be changing our indignation and contempt for forgiveness.
In this sequel to `Jean de Florette', ten years have passed. Jean's daughter, Manon, has been living in the area near where her father died, she has been tending goats, has a dog, but has been living in poverty.
At the end of ?Jean de Florette', we see Manon realizing that the Soubeyran's had blocked off her father's water supply, the movie ended with a horrified Manon. Early on in this concluding installment to the story, Manon realizes that the people in the nearby village knew about the water spring on their land but did not say anything. Some of these people were even distant cousins to Jean, but only the Soubeyran's knew this at the time and did not share this information.
Near the halfway point in this movie, Manon discovers the source of the water for the whole village, she has her revenge by cutting off the water of those who killed her father. A bold and brazen move, but one that sends a strong message. This all seems very sensational and theatric, but the director's message of philosophical justice comes across in a satisfying way.
The climax of the movie contains surprises that I won't mention here. While shocking, the viewers will find themselves thinking that they should have realized these plot points during the first movie.
Manon of the Spring is just as good as the first installment, It would be great if these two movies could be cut together and released as one long epic, Highly recommended
Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II ) Quotes
|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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