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Jean De Florette (1986)

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Co-adapted by director Claude Berri from a novel by Marcel Pagnol, this hugely successful French historical drama concerns a bizarre battle royale over a valuable natural spring in a remote French farming community. City dweller Jean Cadoret (Gérard Depardieu) assumes ownership of the spring when the original owner is accidentally killed by covetous farmer Cesar Soubeyran (Yves Montand). Soubeyran and his equally disreputable nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) pull every dirty trick in the book to force Cadoret off his land, but the novice farmer stands firm. Although the Soubeyrans appear to gain the upper hand, the audience is assured that they will eventually be foiled by the vengeful daughter of the spring's deceased owner -- thus setting the stage for the film's equally successful sequel, Manon of the Spring.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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MGM Home Entertainment

Cast

Gérard Depardieu
as Jean Cadoret
Yves Montand
as Cesar Soubeyran
Daniel Auteuil
as Ugolin Soubeyran
Elisabeth Depardieu
as Aimee Cadoret
Ernestine Mazurowna
as Manon Cadoret
Marcel Champel
as Pique-Bouffigue
André Dupon
as Pamphile
Pierre Nougaro
as Casimir
Marc Betton
as Martial
Jean Maurel
as Anglade
Margarita Lozano
as Baptistine
Didier Pain
as Eliacin
Jo Doumerg
as Muledriver
Chantal Liennel
as Amandine, Papet's Servant
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Critic Reviews for Jean De Florette

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

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

[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.

Full Review… | July 16, 2015
ColeSmithey.com

Visually resplendent and magnificently acted (particularly by Auteuil), Jean de Florette has all the trimmings of a great Greek tragedy.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Creative Loafing

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.

Full Review… | December 27, 2014
Cinemania

A stealthy work that creeps up on the viewer, becoming intriguing without seeming to work at it.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Jean De Florette

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.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

A deep, moving tragedy drawn from the bible's book of job. It reaches out as a lesson in cinema and in life.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

½

One of my favourite films and the "prequel" to the equally fabulous Manon of the Spring. The landowners who ultimately bankrupt Gerard Depardieu's bureaucrat are wonderful schemers.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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