|Page 1 of 9:||        |
|Index||88 reviews in total|
... and never really come close.
How can one be the witness to this much acting, such a strong storyline about greed (which makes us appreciate human qualities - all the more), and not be touched/moved by this ?
Combined with part II (which really is not optional - considering it's dramatic revelation) - it makes for superbe movie-going experience that is barely 1 notch short of GodFather quality, as far as drama goes. Character development is excellent, pretty much all of it is plausible, nothing really grates, except to see a good man suffer.
Jean is good, an erudite - but he cannot understand nor smell a conspiracy - as this makes no real sense to someone with his principles. And when is all said and done - what matters most once you are heading to the pearly gates (should you be so lucky) the amount of wealth you've amassed or how you lived ? How do you hope to be remembered ?
As cunning and sly as Soubeyrand is - I guess he never figured it out....
A cruel, stunning classic, with impeccable french nuances. A must-see.
I was 10 when my parents rented this and it's sequel the first time. They
tried to make me watch it, but I refused. Subtitled movies are for
people was my thoughts at the time. I came down a few hours later when
had just started Manon De Sources. Emanuelle Beart had just started
harmonica. If you've seen this then you'll know why I was instantly
captivated. Before I realized what was happening I was caught up in the
tale. For many years I have remembered the film, and meant to see it
it made such an impression on me. I finally saw them again today, and they
I watched them both, one after the other. The scenery is spectacular, and the story is so spellbinding that time will fly. I am usually an action junkie, but these films just appealed to me as no other ever has.
Even if you hate subtitles I guarantee that you will love this film, and an hour later you'll remember the characters speaking in English. No matter how tough you are, if your heart doesn't break for Jean, then it never will.
This film captures another world, and makes you a part of it. The acting is superb, the scenery breathtaking, and a huge amount of skill and effort has gone into evoking the heat of summer and the details of village life in a harsh, pre-industrial world. If you cannot stand watching a film in a foreign language, or you only watch films with special effects and non-stop action,then you may find something to object to in this one, but otherwise it is perfection. The story is heart-wrenching, all the characters (both good and bad) demand sympathy, and the story is both credible, and beautifully told. That is the true quality of this film - it tells a simple, gripping story in a way that grips any viewer with a heart from start to finish.
Certainly one of the best examples of French cinema. A searing powerful story of greed, and its effects. All the actors are excellent, Yves Montand is especially heartbreaking. This movie and its sequel are two of the best films of the 1980's. By the way it's about time they were re-released on DVD i want to add them to my collection.I do not understand why such films are released and the go out of print these are important wonderful films that deserve new audiences, and a new generation of admirers. If it is a business decision that they don't create as much revenue as most of the garbage that comes out of Hollywood, they should be ashamed of themselves.
Marcel Pagnol was rightly admitted into the Acadamie Francaise, just about the highest honor a French writer can receive. No less a major force than Orson Welles described Pagnol's own movie 'La Femme du Boulanger' (The Baker's Wife) as the greatest movie ever made. For someone with a limited canvas - Provence, its small hamlets, the port of Marseilles, and the people who lived there - he sure extracted the maximum mileage. Jean de Florette and its sequel Manon des Source has now arguably become the highest profile of all Pagnol's work eclipsing even the great trilogy 'Marius', 'Cesar' and 'Fanny' featuring the great Raimu, and his two autobiographical works My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle. It is very gratifying for someone with a healthy streak of cynicism in their makeup to read such glowing tributes to this movie. If French cinema NEEDED an ambassador, which it doesn't, then these two titles - shot back to back as Montand's wife, Simone Signoret, lay dying - could not be bettered. To add any superlatives to those already posted here would be superfluous so just let me say that Montand is at the top of his game and that is saying something. Superb entertainment with terrific ensemble playing. An all-time great. 11/10
Okay, you have to give a lot of the credit to Pagnol for the book, but this
to me is one of the best movies ever made.
A classic, simple story, beautiful location beautifully filmed, and a
triumvirate of marvellous actors in Depardieu, Auteuil and Montand.
- I saw this again a few days ago and enjoyed very minute. - Is it really true I have to submit at least ten lines? This is a new rule, right? Shouldn't you warn people before they start writing?
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I'm not quite sure what the appeal is to this movie, but it's
definitely there. I've watched this several times in the past 15 years
and always got involved with it....and it's companion piece, "Manon of
the Spring." If given a choice, I prefer the latter movie, only perhaps
because this is a frustrating story, seeing a good man get ruined
simply for greed. Both stories are well-done.
This tragic tale of two greedy people driving a nice man and his family off their land is not just frustrating but sad, especially since their is no happy ending, with the man dying while trying to salvage his property. The second film is years later when the daughter, now grown up, gets revenge.
Gerald Depardieu is the nice guy here, the one we all root for while Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil are the greedy jerks. These three are famous French actors who always give their audiences good performances.
A big plus in this film is the very nice cinematography, which is why I bought this when it first came out on DVD. If the story depresses you at all, go right into the sequel immediately for a more satisfying ending to the whole tale. Both movies were made in 1987.
In a nutshell, this is good storytelling.
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
"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.
Jean de Florette is a magnificently acted, superb film with fine music and
excellent cinematography. The colors used are vibrant and the red
carnations are a stunning adjunct of the movie. Its sequel, Manon of the
Spring, is even better, and its dramatic ending is quite well written and
enacted. Together, these two films are amongst the finest to come from
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).
|Page 1 of 9:||        |
|Plot summary||Plot synopsis||Ratings|
|Awards||Newsgroup reviews||External reviews|
|Parents Guide||Plot keywords||Main details|
|Your user reviews||Your vote history|