Manon of the Spring

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Manon (Emmanuelle Béart), a beautiful shepherdess in Provence, France, has lost her father and seen her family's livelihood ruined through the greediness of her neighbors: Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) and his grandfather, Cesar (Yves Montand). Now grown and living in isolation from the village, she plots revenge against the men for their misdeeds. Her plot is complicated by Ugolin, who has fallen in love with her -- but Manon's retribution will not be deterred.

Cast & Crew

Yves Montand
Cesar 'Le Papet' Soubeyran
Emmanuelle Béart
Manon (as Emmanuelle Beart)
Hippolyte Girardot
Bernard Olivier
Pierre Grunstein
Executive Producer
Roger Legrand
Original Music
Jean-Claude Petit
Original Music
Bruno Nuytten
Cinematographer
Geneviève Louveau
Film Editor
Marie-Christine Lafosse
Casting
Pascal Baeumler
Assistant Director
Xavier Castano
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources)

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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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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…

    Variety Staff

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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…

    Derek Adams

    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 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie is stuffed with cues for arias that are never heard.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources)

  • Nov 25, 2017
    It is frustrating that Manon is such a weak and poorly-written character, which makes her "revenge" feel much less deserved, even though the film unfolds like a true Greek tragedy and is able to move us with a touching ending and the strength of Yves Montand's performance.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2013
    Raves for the prior film, Jean de Florette. This film, however, is bizarre and unsettling. Story is nowhere near as brilliantly conceived or beautiful. Seems like a straight-to-video bit of billingsgate rushed to market by a slasher film director. I give it a "M'eh".
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2012
    Simple story masterfully told, <i>Manon</i> is the sequel to <i>Jean de Florette</i> 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 <i>Jean de Florette</i>, 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 <i>Empire.</i> If I had to choose, I'm inclined to say <i>Jean de Florette</i> is slightly better because of Gerard Depardieu's galvanizing presence, but with <i>Manon des Sources</i> we get Béart and a resonating conclusion to this 2-part masterpiece.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2012
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer

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