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L'eau vive (1958)

| Drama | 1960 (USA)
Old Félix, a prosperous land owner in Haute Provence, will be expropriated because a dam is being built on the River Durance and his estate is to be flooded. He receives thirty million ... See full summary »


François Villiers


Alain Allioux (adaptation), Jean Giono
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascale Audret ... Hortense
Charles Blavette ... L'oncle Simon
Henri Arius Henri Arius ... L'oncle de Cavaillon
Odette Barencey Odette Barencey ... Joséphine (as Odette Barancey)
Jean Clarens Jean Clarens ... Le notaire
Hélène Gerber Hélène Gerber ... La femme d'Elie
Harry-Max ... Le juge de paix
Hubert de Lapparent Hubert de Lapparent ... Elie - un cultivateur
Robert Lombard Robert Lombard ... Le cousin de Rochebrune
Pierre Moncorbier Pierre Moncorbier ... L'oncle vigneron
Jean Panisse ... Le boucher
Maurice Sarfati Maurice Sarfati ... Le cousin de Cavaillon
Jean-Marie Serreau Jean-Marie Serreau ... Le Jéhovah de Perthuis
Madeleine Sylvain Madeleine Sylvain ... La bouchère (as Madeleine Silvain)
Arlette Thomas Arlette Thomas ... La femme de Dabisse


Old Félix, a prosperous land owner in Haute Provence, will be expropriated because a dam is being built on the River Durance and his estate is to be flooded. He receives thirty million francs in compensation but dies soon after. Hortense, his only daughter, inherits the money but the trouble is that Félix has hidden the loot somewhere and it is nowhere to be found. All of Hortense's next of kin suddenly take an interest in the "poor orphan" and those greedy ones - with the exception of kind-hearted uncle Simon - put pressure on the girl, and try - through wile, threat and even murder, to inveigle her inheritance. But however young and frail Hortense is, she is nobody's fool. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The story revolves around the building of an actual dam by EDF, the French electricity company, the Barrage de Serre-Ponçon, which started in 1955. But as the dam would not be operative before 1960, the Chaudanne dam dubbed for Serre-Ponçon for the flooding sequence. See more »


Referenced in Champs-Elysées: Episode dated 3 April 1982 (1982) See more »


L'Eau Vive
Music by Guy Béart
Lyrics by Guy Béart
Performed by Guy Béart
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Ma Petite Est Comme L' Eau.....
15 May 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Today,French people mainly remember Guy Béart's (Emmanuelle's father) eponymous ballad which was a big hit circa 1959.Few people still know that it's the song from a movie (I don't even remember if you hear the sung version in the movie anyway).

Based on a Jean Giono novel ,a pacifist writer from Provence,it's not as gripping as the made-for-TV "the deserter" .The screenplay is rather derivative : the orphan girl versus greedy relatives.Pascale Audret ,who was Hughes Aufray's sister -He was a famous French singer , the first to cover Dylan's songs there-has charm and talent going for her and there are the lovely landscapes and and even ecological concern.

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1960 (USA) See more »

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Girl and the River See more »

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