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Jean de Florette (1986)

 -  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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Jean de Florette (as Gerard Depardieu)
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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 ...
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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$4,940,939 (USA)
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Goofs

During one scene, Cesar Soubeyran (Montand) produces a small telescope in order to spy on Jean de Florette (Depardieu); however, as he peers through it, the lens cap is clearly in place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[dialog in French, lines from English subtitles]
Ugolin: Papet! Papet! It's me, Ugolin!
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beautifully depressing (depressingly beautiful?)
28 March 2001 | by (Kingston, Ontario) – See all my reviews

This is a marvel of story-telling. Rarely have I felt so much pain for a fictional character. The "force of destiny" (great sound track motif selection!) is nowhere as evidently crushing as in this movie. I'm astounded and stunned by the beauty of human suffering, not, of course, out of sadism but out of melancholy. Great, great movie (though the Southern French accent is very hard to understand).


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