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

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



Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

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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


Drama, Romance, Art House & International

Claude Berri, Gérard Brach

Jan 23, 2001

Orion Classics

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (5) | DVD (2)

Berri also remains a boringly uninteresting director, dotting every i and crossing every t with nothing much on his mind but platitude.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Berri is unable to overcome the inherent feebleness of the Manon character, here played ineffectually by the lovely and talented Emmanuelle Beart.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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There is a satisfying symmetry to events, with Manon able to take her revenge on the Soubeyrans.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The acting, from that of the four major stars to the numerous supporting cast members, is without flaw.

September 25, 2003 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The movie is stuffed with cues for arias that are never heard.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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All of this takes place with the implacable pace of a Greek tragedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Another aching heartbreaker of a film by Berri that absorbs and rewards the audience for sticking with Manon on her sun-beaten quest.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Wonderful and unforgettable.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4

Like its predecessor, Manon of the Spring is filled with marvelous photography, gorgeous rolling landscapes, and spectacular performances.

August 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Emmaunelle Beart is exquisite.

April 19, 2009 | Comment (1)

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.

June 15, 2007

An old-fashioned movie about destiny.

March 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

As lovely and intriguing as 'Jean de Florette' in every way.

August 13, 2002
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

An admirable follow-up that completes the saga that Claude Berri started with such aplomb.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

This is a film in which the background is as compelling as the foreground.

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

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.
December 11, 2011

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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
January 18, 2008
David Ladd

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Out of the tragedy of Jean de Florette comes the redemption of the next generation in Manon of the Spring. This work is exquisite and the two films represent some of the best work of the French cinema.
January 16, 2012
John Ballantine

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Simple story masterfully told, Manon is the sequel to Jean de Florette in which the reclusive daughter of the hunchback who was killed for the water on his land learns the truth and sets a course for revenge. These stories might comprise the best 2-part package in French cinema history; knowing the events of the first is required to understand the motivations in the second, and absolutely essential to experience the shocking revelation to its fullest.

As with Jean de Florette, everything about this production is superlative, from the gorgeous countryside visuals to the rich orchestral soundtrack to the artistic compositional framing to the outstanding acting. Aged Yves Montand gives a towering performance of a character who ranks among the all-time greatest screen villains and pays an ultimate price of regret. Equally memorable is Daniel Auteuil who has never been better as Montand's nephew, bringing to life a pathetic simpleton who is both loathsome and pitiable. Another shining performance comes from the incomparably beautiful Emmanuelle Béart who shot to stardom as Manon the goat shepherdess. She doesn't have many lines in her solitude, instead reflecting her curiosity and distrust through her wondrous eyes, but when she does speak her outbursts carry that much more impact. Perhaps her finest achievement is racing up and down those precarious goat trails without tumbling into the emergency room!

I watched this last night for the first time since sitting in a college theater 20 years ago and could still vividly recall the big revelation scene as it unfolded which again packed an emotional punch as momentous as Darth Vader's at the end of Empire. If I had to choose, I'm inclined to say Jean de Florette is slightly better because of Gerard Depardieu's galvanizing presence, but with Manon des Sources we get Béart and a resonating conclusion to this 2-part masterpiece.
February 3, 2012
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    1. 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.
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    1. Priest: The biggest crimes often escape human justice, but God knows them all.
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