Manon Of The Spring


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB. 

Original title:  Manon Des Sources

Italy/France/Switzerland, 1986.  DD Productions, Films A2, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Renn Productions.  Screenplay by Claude Berri, , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , National Board of Review Awards 1987.  

A fantastic sequel to Jean De Florette that ties up all the story’s loose ends and has a few delights of its own.  stars as Manon, Jean’s daughter who is now grown up and pretty much running the farm on her own. Greedy neighbours  and are still after the property, but she’s not as naive as her father was and puts up a much bigger fight for it. When she discovers what the men did to trick her father in the previous film and the fact that the village did nothing to stop them, she blocks up the source of the village’s water supply and denies irrigation to her neighbours for days. It is equally gorgeous as its first part, but so much more interesting, especially in the climax when the final pieces of the puzzle are put together in an earth shattering revelation.

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