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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.


Claude Berri


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





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 ... Philoxène
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


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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Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


Production of this film and Manon of the Spring (1986) happened concurrently over course of 30 weeks. The long shoot allowed Berri to depict the seasonal changes of the Provencal landscape. The shoot was so long that several cast members returned to Paris and performed stage and television roles on their breaks. See more »


During one scene, Cesar Soubeyran produces a small telescope in order to spy on Jean de Florette; however, as he peers through it, the lens cap is clearly in place. See more »


[first lines]
[dialog in French, lines from English subtitles]
Ugolin: Papet! Papet! It's me, Ugolin!
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Referenced in Bis (2015) See more »

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a case where the sequel even exceeds the original
6 July 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie and was worried the sequel, Manon of the Spring would be a letdown--so often, sequels just can't compare to the originals. However, I say watch this movie so you can really enjoy just how wonderful the sequel is! So my advice is to see this film and then rush out and see the follow-up film.

Considering that this film is from a script by the great Marcel Pagnol (who was responsible for many of the best French films), it's not at all surprising that this is a wonderful film. It's a sad and despicable story about greed. A man (Yves Montand) concocts a scheme to ruin an innocent man (Gérard Depardieu) and his family in order to force them off the land. It's even worse because the man and his family are so decent and deserve better. However, despite this being morally wrong, this plan was created because Montand wanted this land to remain in his family and be passed on to his descendants. Nice scheme, huh? The acting, writing, cinematography and pacing are superb--so good that I was EAGER to find the sequel. So, watch this movie and understand it only gets better in part 2!

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Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Жан де Флоретт See more »

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Ansouis, Vaucluse, France See more »


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