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Jean de Florette (1986)

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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 ...
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Baptistine
Ernestine Mazurowna ...
Armand Meffre ...
Philoxéne
André Dupon ...
Pamphile, le menuisier (as Andre Dupon)
Pierre Nougaro ...
Jean Maurel ...
Anglade
Roger Souza ...
Ange
Didier Pain ...
Eliacin
Pierre-Jean Rippert ...
Pascal
Marc Betton ...
Martial
Clement Cal ...
Méderic
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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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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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$4,940,939
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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 »

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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 »

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Ugolin: Papet! Papet! It's me, Ugolin!
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A Heartbreaking Epic of Greediness and Cruelty
26 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

In the French countryside, the farmer Cesar Soubeyran (Yves Montand) welcomes his grandson Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) in his property that intends to plant carnation in the land, but they need a spring of water to cultivate the flowers. Cesar decides to buy the land of his lazy neighbor Martial that has a spring; however, they argue and fight and Cesar accidentally kills him. The nephew Jean Cadoret (Gerard Depardieu) that is a townsman and former fiscal inherits the real estate and moves with his wife Aimee (Elisabeth Depardieu) and his daughter Manon (Ernestine Mazurowna) with intention of living in the farm, cropping and raise rabbits based on readings. Cesar and Ugolin block and seal the spring with cement and Cesar asks Ugolin to get closer to Jean to sabotage his work. Jean, who is called Jean de Florette by the locals, slowly spends all his savings and inheritance and sacrifices his family to get water in a distant spring while the hypocrite Ugolin jeopardizes his efforts pretending to be his friend.

"Jean de Florette" is a heartbreaking epic of greediness and cruelty. I bought this VHS many years ago and only today I have watched this masterpiece of the French cinema (I have no words to tell how much I regret this). The impressive saga of Jean Cadoret a.k.a. Jean de Florette is engaging and supported by a magnificent story and awesome performances, highlighting Daniel Auteuil, Yves Montand and Gerard Depardieu. The characters are very well developed and Daniel Auteuil is impressive in the role of the contradictory character Ugolin. The scene when he tells to his grandfather that he is not crying but his eyes, is fantastic. Jean de Florette somehow recalled me the unforgettable Jean Valjean of "The Miserables", and his saga shows how unfair and cruel a human being can be. Tomorrow I will see the sequel "Manon des Sources". My vote is nine.

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