Jean De Florette


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  France/Switzerland/Italy1986.  DD Productions, Films A2, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Renn Productions, Télévision Suisse-Romande.  Screenplay by Claude Berri, , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , , , , , .  Golden Globe Awards 1987National Board of Review Awards 1987.  

First part of two films that is completed by its even better sequel Manon Of The Spring. plays a humpbacked farmer who buys a property in the beautiful countryside and has trouble finding its well. His jealous neighbours (, ) know exactly where the irrigation for the land is, but want it for themselves and so hide the water source in order to drive Depardieu and his family away. The outcome of their greed has dire circumstances, both at the end of this film and even more at the end of the second part. Beautiful cinematography and terrific acting.

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