Manon of the Spring (1986)
"Manon des sources" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  December 1987 (USA)
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A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manon (as Emmanuelle Beart)
Margarita Lozano ...
Yvonne Gamy ...
Le Spécialiste (as Tiki Olgado)
Jean Bouchaud ...
Le Curé
Elisabeth Depardieu ...
Gabriel Bacquier ...
Armand Meffre ...
André Dupon ...
Pierre Nougaro ...
Jean Maurel ...
Roger Souza ...


In this, the sequel to Jean de Florette, Manon (Beart) has grown into a beautiful young shepherdess living in the idyllic Provencal countryside. She determines to take revenge upon the men responsible for the death of her father in the first film. Written by Martin Urch c/o <>

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December 1987 (USA)  »

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Manon of the Spring  »

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$3,940,542 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Yves Montand was raised in the area where the story takes place and had been a friend of Marcel Pagnol. Nevertheless he rejected the role when it was first offered. Montand was ultimately persuaded to take his role by wife Simone Signoret, who died during production. See more »


When Manon talks to the teacher in the field, she says the rocks 'are Cretaceous, they're all from the Quaternary'. These are two separate geological time periods. See more »


[first lines]
[dialog in French, lines from English subtitles]
Le Fleuriste: Voila!
Le Fleuriste: Next time I won't pay this much. The competition from Italy is ruining me.
Cesar Soubeyran: This barely pays for the fertilizer for the flowers. Next year we'll grow chickpeas.
Le Fleuriste: I'll miss our aperitifs together.
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First French film seen!
17 March 2002 | by (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England) – See all my reviews

This was the first French film I ever saw! It wasn't the last - I came to appreciate the cinema of Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, Claude Berri, Claude Sautet, Jacques Rivette, etc. through watching this fabulous film.

Emmanuelle Beart is divine.

Yves Montand is now sorely missed.

And Daniel Auteuil is on the form of his life here.

If YOU want to get into European films, this is a cracking way to start. Magnifique!

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