Jean De Florette Reviews
Three of the lead actors are prominent in French film. All of them are very good. One is Le Papet (Yves Montand). He is the aging head of a long standing local village family. He is a man of few scruples. The other is his nephew, Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil). He has perhaps a bit more moral substance; but, is also a mental lite-weight. He is easily manipulated by his uncle. The good guy is Jean (Gerard Depardieu). Unfortunately, he is too trusting of his new neighbors/friends. The local villagers, who know some of what is going on, refuse to help him.
The bad-guy duo go about trying to acquire the land and water inherited by Jean. They use methods by turns, forthright and under-handed. The pair are revealed to be morally bereft. The story unfolds and certain truths are exposed.
This film and its sequel, MANON OF THE SPRING, are worth a look.