Jean De Florette (1986)
Jean De Florette Photos
as Jean Cadoret
as Cesar Soubeyran
as Ugolin Soubeyran
as Aimee Cadoret
as Manon Cadoret
as Amandine, Papet's Servant
Critic Reviews for Jean De Florette
The point of the film is not to create suspense, but to capture the relentlessness of human greed, the feeling that the land is so important the human spirit can be sacrificed to it.
You may also become permanently sick of goats. But after Jean, a rich residue of themes and images remains -- much as after reading a long but great novel or Greek tragedy.
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources" is an emotionally potent movie whose lush depiction of Provence captures your imagination in such a tangible way that you feel as if you are living there during the period.
Visually resplendent and magnificently acted (particularly by Auteuil), Jean de Florette has all the trimmings of a great Greek tragedy.
Jean de Florette is as melodramatic as any soap opera, but its treatment is just a little askew, just off-center enough for the film to evolve into a moving and powerful pastoral tragedy.
Audience Reviews for Jean De Florette
It almost makes us feel guilty that we are rooting for the villains, who conspire so greedily to force a man off his own land, and is elevated even more by Jean-Claude Petit's wonderful score and two excellent performances by Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil.
A beautiful film in every way. Well, almost every way -- Gerard Depardieu is not handsome even when caught on film when he was young and thin. Despite his aesthetic challenges, the story is marvelous and beautifully acted.
A deep, moving tragedy drawn from the bible's book of job. It reaches out as a lesson in cinema and in life.