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Jean de Florette

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
The plot of 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. The film is a naturalistic story about the dehumanizing effect of greed on a community and on the human soul. Watching the hunchbacked Jean de Florette (Gérard Depardieu) struggle against all odds to keep his small farm alive, maintaining to the bitter end his optimism and naïve faith in his reference books, is like watching Sisyphus make his daily toil up the hill. Only here, it is not the gods who have trapped the victim, but the xenophobia and covetousness of his neighbors. Director Claude Berri shoots the countryside in grand scope, dwarfing the human figures whose daily exertions hardly make a mark on it. As the story moves inexorably to its tragic conclusion, the wicked plotting of the simultaneously likable and vicious father (Yves Montand) and son (Daniel Auteuil) leaves the audience pleading for divine retribution. However, humans created this cruel world in Provence, and they will have to mete out their own justice. The sequel, Manon of the Spring, realizes this desire for revenge with perfectly poetic magnitude. Nominated for nine British Academy Awards (BAFTA) in 1988, Jean de Florette took home three awards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2012
  • UPC: 829381611434
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Source: Imports
  • Presentation: Canadian Import
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 86,918

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Depardieu Jean Cadoret
Yves Montand Cesar Soubeyran
Daniel Auteuil Ugolin Soubeyran
Elisabeth Depardieu Aimee Cadoret
Ernestine Mazurowna Manon Cadoret
Marcel Champel Pique-Bouffigue
Margarita Lozano Baptistine
Bertino Benedetto Giuseppe
Marcel Berbert Notary
Jo Doumerg Muledriver
Florist Fransined Florist
Armand Philoxene Meffre Philoxene
Pierre-Jean Rippert Pascal
Christian Tamisier Doctor
Pierre Nougaro Casimir
Jean Maurel Anglade
Roger Souza Ange
Didier Pain Eliacin
Marc Betton Martial
Chantal Liennel Amandine, Papet's Servant
André Dupon Pamphile
Technical Credits
Claude Berri Director, Screenwriter
Noëlle Boisson Editor
Gérard Brach Screenwriter
Xavier Castano Asst. Director
Hervé de Luze Editor
Michel Deruelle Makeup
Jean-Pierre Eychenne Makeup
Pierre Gamet Sound/Sound Designer
Sylvie Gautrelet Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre Grunstein Executive Producer
Dominique Hennequin Sound/Sound Designer
Arlette Langmann Editor
Marcel Laude Set Decoration/Design
Bruno Nuytten Cinematographer
Jean-Claude Petit Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Alain Poiré Associate Producer
Laurent Quaglio Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Trielli Special Effects
Bernard Vezat Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Common French Movie

    It is a normal french movie with a real lesson to it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Please pass on this message to Gerard Depardieu

    Just want to say 'hello' to Gerard Depardieu, after talking to him at the Royal Academy (Kandinsky Exhib.) last week. Despite my error (am recovering my memory after accident), I thoroughly enjoyed meeting him.

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