French director Claude Berri's stunning adaptation of the acclaimed Marcel Pagnol novel is the winner of numerous international awards and is the world's most popular foreign language film ever. City-dweller Jean de Florette (Gerard Depardieu) moves his family to the Provence countryside in the 1920s to forge a new life as a farmer. But his proud, cocky neighbouring rival Le Papet (Yves Montand) schemes with his simple-minded nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) to acquire some nearby land ensuring the novice owner never discovers an all-important natural spring on the property. A wholly captivating, emotionally powerful and beautifully photographed classic epic of innocence, evil, greed, envy and revenge.
Claude Berri (adaptation); Gérard Brach (adaptation (as Gerard Brach)); Marcel Pagnol (novel).
Yves Montand (Cesar Soubeyran / 'Le Papet'); Gérard Depardieu (Jean de Florette (as Gerard Depardieu)); Daniel Auteuil (Ugolin); Elisabeth Depardieu (Aimee Cadoret); Margarita Lozano (Baptistine); Ernestine Mazurowna (Manon Cadoret); Armand Meffre (Philoxéne); André Dupon (Pamphile (as Andre Dupon)). Please contact SFC to add other cast members and characters.
Important: the following essays and comments are authored by Soul Food Cinema readers. Whilst the Editor prays for the spiritual integrity of all content of this site, it should be noted that these represent personal opinions and carry no official endorsement. If you consider any content to be a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, please contact SFC. May God bless you and enlighten you in your reading.
Articles, Essays and Reviews
Please contact SFC if you are interested in submitting an essay on this film.
Readers' Comments and Opinions
Click the link to comment on this film. You may like to copy the film title and year (as given above) to your clipboard now for pasting into the following form.
Both Tough, and Touching, to Watch
Mark Banks (United Kingdom)
Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources are both tough to watch, and touching to watch. Tough due to the spiritual battle between good and evil that takes place between Jean, Cesar and his sidekick Ugolin. And touching most poignantly of all when Manon learns the truth of the reality of her father’s fate, and with it too the harsh reality of the dark side of life. Ultimately though, as God promises us will happen, the truth is uncovered and Manon is the one that triumphs – albeit at great personal cost. Set against the backdrop of rural Provence the films flow along at a relaxing pace and keep the viewer engaged in one of the greatest adaptations of a novel ever to be brought to screen.