Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. Italy/France/Switzerland, 1986. DD Productions, Films A2, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Renn Productions. Screenplay by Claude Berri, Gerard Brach, based on the novel by Marcel Pagnol. Cinematography by Bruno Nuytten. Produced by Pierre Grunstein. Music by Jean-Claude Petit. Production Design by Bernard Vezat. Costume Design by Sylvie Gautrelet. Film Editing by Herve de Luze, Genevieve Louveau.
A fantastic sequel to Jean De Florette that ties up all the story’s loose ends and has a few delights of its own. Emmanuelle Béart stars as Manon, Jean’s daughter who is now grown up and pretty much running the farm on her own. Greedy neighbours Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil 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.