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Manon of the Spring (1986)

Manon des sources (original title)
PG | | Drama | 4 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.

Director:

Claude Berri

Writers:

Claude Berri (adaptation), Gérard Brach (adaptation) (as Gerard Brach) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Cesar Soubeyran dit 'Le Papet'
Daniel Auteuil ... Ugolin
Emmanuelle Béart ... Manon (as Emmanuelle Beart)
Hippolyte Girardot ... Bernard Olivier
Margarita Lozano ... Baptistine
Yvonne Gamy Yvonne Gamy ... Delphine
Ticky Holgado ... Le Spécialiste (as Tiki Olgado)
Jean Bouchaud Jean Bouchaud ... Le Curé
Elisabeth Depardieu Elisabeth Depardieu ... Aimee Cadoret
Gabriel Bacquier Gabriel Bacquier ... Victor
Armand Meffre Armand Meffre ... Philoxène
André Dupon André Dupon ... Pamphile, le menuisier
Pierre Nougaro Pierre Nougaro ... Casimir
Jean Maurel Jean Maurel ... Anglade
Roger Souza Roger Souza ... Ange, le fontainier
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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 <mah@imdb.com>

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Country:

Switzerland | Italy | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 December 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Manon of the Spring See more »

Filming Locations:

Ansouis, Vaucluse, France See more »

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Gross USA:

$3,940,542
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Was #4 on Gene Siskel 's list of the "Best Films of 1987." See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
[dialog in French, lines from English subtitles]
Le Fleuriste: Voila!
[pause]
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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Le Mariage de Manon
(Manon's Marriage)
Chanté par Gabriel Bacquier & Eve Brenner
Lyrics by David McNeil
conducted by Jean-Claude Petit with the Orchestre de Paris
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A worthy sequel
6 November 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Following the death of her father, Manon (Emmanuelle Beart) has remained in the farm house tending goats. Galinette (Auteuil) and his uncle Cesar (Montard) have greatly prospered from the fresh spring water and their carnations grow well. Galinette begins to turn towards ideas of love and steadily falls for the distant Manon. Meanwhile she has discovered the treachery that once befell her father and begins her plan to uncover the culprits.

This follows on from the open-ended story of "Jean de Florette". Time has passed and Manon is now a beautiful young woman. This film will satisfy those who felt the bleak ending of the first film was not satisfying. This sees those who acted in greed receive their deserves. As a conclusion to the story it is satisfactory - the film begins quite relaxed and is quite humorous throughout. However the "punishment" of both Galinette and Cesar is moving. Cesar's fate is particularly impacting and you feel sorry for him and his greediness.

The performances are not as strong as before. In the first film both Montard and Auteuil had set characters to play. Here they are less set and act out their roles rather than their characters. Beart is good as Manon, but she is too different in heart from the angel of the first - it's understandable why she has changed but where she was since the last film is not clear, it's unlikely that her mother would have left her at the farm or that she would have let her leave to return. But this is a minor complaint over a moving tale of deserves. I would say this rather than revenge - because both Galinette and Cesar bring their pains upon themselves.

My only problem with this is that it follows the story of the first film. However to me the first film was more about human nature (greed & hope specifically) rather than the story of the farmland and the spring. Although the end of Jean de Florette was bleak it was perhaps understandable that things should end that way. That said this is a good conclusion to the story if that's what you want - although as a further look at human nature it doesn't convince as well as the first did.

Manon des Sources is a good film that has all the visual beauty of the first film and continues the strong emotive story - as a pair of films they are an excellent piece of work. However for me, the first film is so strong in all areas that it leaves too much for the second to live up to.

A moving sequel that almost manages to live up to what went before.


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