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Jean de Florette (1986)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  August 1987 (USA)
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A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean de Florette (as Gerard Depardieu)
Elisabeth Depardieu ...
Margarita Lozano ...
Ernestine Mazurowna ...
Armand Meffre ...
André Dupon ...
Pamphile, le menuisier (as Andre Dupon)
Pierre Nougaro ...
Jean Maurel ...
Roger Souza ...
Didier Pain ...
Pierre-Jean Rippert ...
Marc Betton ...
Clement Cal ...


In a rural French village an old man and his only remaining relative cast their covetous eyes on an adjoining vacant property. They need its spring water for growing their flowers, so are dismayed to hear the man who has inherited it is moving in. They block up the spring and watch as their new neighbour tries to keep his crops watered from wells far afield through the hot summer. Though they see his desperate efforts are breaking his health and his wife and daughter's hearts they think only of getting the water. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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During pre-production 12,000 carnations had to be planted and a dozen olive trees, each several hundred years old, had to be transplanted. See more »


When Jean is first fixing his roof and he bends over, the outline of the padding used to make his hunchback is clearly visible. See more »


[first lines]
[dialog in French, lines from English subtitles]
Ugolin: Papet! Papet! It's me, Ugolin!
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Breathtaking motion picture classic from the French countryside
12 May 2003 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

Of all the French movies I've ever seen (and I've seen quite a bunch of them, let me tell ya) Claude Berri's "Jean de Florette" has to be one of the best if not the best. I saw this couple of times in the television some years ago and recently bought the DVD just to find out that this film seems to be excellent no matter how often and many times I decide to watch it.

"Jean de Florette" works in so many different levels. I love the breathtaking settings, beautiful French countryside - superterranean paradise. Actors are magnificent, Gérard Depardieu has a long and respected career in the cinema but if you ask me the role of Jean de Florette is truly the very greatest performance of his life. Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil equally shine as the greedy and devious Soubeyrans.

Characters are simply incredible. Naturally audience immediately loves the hunchback. He's so warm, nice, sympathetic, unyielding and persistent yet jovial - truly the amiable hero of the story. However, no one can't help of loving those crooked rogues as well. They are so incomprehensibly mean it's definitely comical.

That's what makes "Jean de Florette" such a great and memorable experience. It's a very sad and tragic story but it makes you laugh a lot. In the same time it manages to be extremely cruel, funny and touching. This is exactly what movies are made of. It's safe to call "Jean de Florette" a perfection, powerful and stirring motion picture experience and a grand classic everyone should watch. 10/10.

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