Jean de Florette

1986, Drama, 2h 2m

23 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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In this acclaimed French drama, the enterprising Ugolin Soubeyran (Daniel Auteuil) returns to his native countryside after the serving in the military. Intent on growing expensive flowers, he conspires with his uncle, Cesar (Yves Montand), to gain access to a hidden spring on a neighboring property. When their initial attempt to buy the land fails, they must contend with Jean de Florette (Gérard Depardieu), who arrives with his family to work the coveted plot and turn it into a profitable farm.

Cast & Crew

Yves Montand
Cesar Soubeyran, 'Le Papet'
Gérard Depardieu
Jean de Florette
Marcel Champel
Pique-Bouffigue
Andre Dupon
Pamphile, le menuisier
Pierre Grunstein
Executive Producer
Jean-Claude Petit
Original Music
Catherine Serris
Film Editor
Pascal Baeumler
Assistant Director
Xavier Castano
Assistant Director
Isabelle Henri
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Jean de Florette

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Jean de Florette

  • May 16, 2017
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2013
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2011
    It could have been conceived as a four-hour epic and it still would not lose its magic. Berri's wonderful and visually stunning adaptation could also be interpreted as a reflection of the Turkish masterpiece <i>Susuz Yaz</i> (1964), and how that precious resource called "water" still awakens the greed even in the most uncivilized human beings. Terrific score by Jean-Claude Petit and magnificent landscapes, with a surprisingly decent Depardieu and the always immortal Yves Montand. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer

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