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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.

Director:

Claude Berri

Writers:

Claude Berri (adaptation), Gérard Brach (adaptation) (as Gerard Brach) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Cesar Soubeyran dit 'Le Papet'
Gérard Depardieu ... Jean de Florette (as Gerard Depardieu)
Daniel Auteuil ... Ugolin
Elisabeth Depardieu Elisabeth Depardieu ... Aimee Cadoret
Margarita Lozano ... Baptistine
Ernestine Mazurowna Ernestine Mazurowna ... Manon Cadoret enfant
Armand Meffre Armand Meffre ... Philoxéne
André Dupon André Dupon ... Pamphile, le menuisier (as Andre Dupon)
Pierre Nougaro Pierre Nougaro ... Casimir
Jean Maurel Jean Maurel ... Anglade
Roger Souza Roger Souza ... Ange
Didier Pain Didier Pain ... Eliacin
Pierre-Jean Rippert Pierre-Jean Rippert ... Pascal
Marc Betton Marc Betton ... Martial
Clement Cal Clement Cal ... Méderic
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Storyline

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 {J-26}

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Switzerland | France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Жан де Флоретт See more »

Filming Locations:

Ansouis, Vaucluse, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,940,939

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,940,939
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

When Jean is first fixing his roof and he bends over, the outline of the padding used to make his hunchback is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

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[dialog in French, lines from English subtitles]
Ugolin: Papet! Papet! It's me, Ugolin!
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french cinema at it's best
28 April 2006 | by guster-1See all my reviews

The reason why I was watched this film is because I read both "la gloire de mon pere" and "la château de ma mere", two other books written by Marcel Pagnol, and I found them fascinating.

This film is a fabulous portrayal of one man's greed over another man's dream. The performances given in this film are mesmerising, from Depardieu's hunch back to Montand's le papet. Although this film is sublime, I think it would be a wise choice to see the following film, Manon des Sources, as it gives the whole story through both the films.

The film really goes to show how far some people will go to get what they want, whether it's le papet trying to secure a legacy for his family's name, or Jean de Florette trying to get his amazing ideas on farming to work.

Everything comes together so well in this film-the score, the storyline and the performances, something modern movie makers should take note of.


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