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Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II ) (1986)

Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II )



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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 Jean de Florette) and to wreak vengeance on the men she holds responsible. The more sympathetic of the two men, Ugolin (Daniel Auteil), is in love with Manon, but this does not weaken her resolve. She causes the village's water supply to diminish, blaming this action upon Ugolin and his duplicitous co-conspirator Cesar (Yves Montand). The upshot of this vengeful behavior ends in tragedy for all concerned. The joint winners of eight French Cesar awards, Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring were released to the U.S. in tandem in 1987.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Claude Berri, Gérard Brach
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On DVD: Jan 23, 2001
Orion Classics


Yves Montand
as Cesar Soubeyran
Hippolyte Girardot
as Bernard Olivier
Elisabeth Depardieu
as Aimee Cadoret
Margarita Lozano
as Baptistine
André Dupon
as Pamphile
Jean Maurel
as Anglade
Didier Pain
as Eliacin
Marc Betton
as Martial
Yvonne Gamy
as Delphine
Lucien Damiani
as Belloiseau
Ticky Holgado
as Specialist
Francoise Trompette
as Village Woman
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Critic Reviews for Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II )

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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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Berri is unable to overcome the inherent feebleness of the Manon character, here played ineffectually by the lovely and talented Emmanuelle Beart.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

There is a satisfying symmetry to events, with Manon able to take her revenge on the Soubeyrans.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The acting, from that of the four major stars to the numerous supporting cast members, is without flaw.

Full Review… | September 25, 2003
Top Critic

The movie is stuffed with cues for arias that are never heard.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Auteil's Ugolin is so well drawn, it's a shame to see the role lost.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

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".

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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

David Ladd

Super Reviewer

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