Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources) (1987)



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Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources) has also been released as Jean de Florette II in the US, as it is a sequel to Claude Berri's Jean de Florette. Both films are drawn from the same source: Filmmaker/novelist Marcel Pagnol's 1952 rural romance, also titled Jean de Florette. Manon (Emmanuelle Beart), now fully grown, is a shepherdess who prefers to keep her distance from the local villagers. She is determined to uncover the truth behind the death of her father (played by Gerard Depardieu in Jean de Florette) and to wreak vengeance on the men she holds responsible. The more sympathetic of the two men, Ugolin (Daniel Auteil), is in love with Manon, but this does not weaken her resolve. She causes the village's water supply to diminish, blaming this action upon Ugolin and his duplicitous co-conspirator Cesar (Yves Montand). The upshot of this vengeful behavior ends in tragedy for all concerned. The joint winners of eight French Cesar awards, Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring were released to the U.S. in tandem in 1987.
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Yves Montand
as Cesar Soubeyran
Hippolyte Girardot
as Bernard Olivier
Elisabeth Depardieu
as Aimee Cadoret
Margarita Lozano
as Baptistine
Jean Bouchard
as Priest
André Dupon
as Pamphile
Pierre Nougaro
as Casimir
Jean Maurel
as Anglade
Didier Pain
as Eliacin
Marc Betton
as Martial
Yvonne Gamy
as Delphine
Chantal Liennel
as Amandine
Lucien Damiani
as Belloiseau
Jean Bouchaud
as Priest
Ticky Holgado
as Specialist
Francoise Trompette
as Village Woman
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Critic Reviews for Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources)

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Berri also remains a boringly uninteresting director, dotting every i and crossing every t with nothing much on his mind but platitude.

Full Review… | August 14, 2012
Chicago Reader
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Berri is unable to overcome the inherent feebleness of the Manon character, here played ineffectually by the lovely and talented Emmanuelle Beart.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

There is a satisfying symmetry to events, with Manon able to take her revenge on the Soubeyrans.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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The acting, from that of the four major stars to the numerous supporting cast members, is without flaw.

Full Review… | September 25, 2003
Top Critic

The movie is stuffed with cues for arias that are never heard.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Auteil's Ugolin is so well drawn, it's a shame to see the role lost.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources)


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
Christian C

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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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Poetic, endearing, heartbreaking. the second part of Jean de Florette's tragedy deals with the consequences of the greed and hypocresy shown among the villagers in the first part and how it affects their lives. Some surprising things come up as well. I never thought that not only the characters, but myself as well, would all be changing our indignation and contempt for forgiveness.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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