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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,940,542

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,940,542
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Ugolin is hunting around, you can see a crewman duck behind a bush after releasing the rabbit Galinette chases. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

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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Well worth using in the classroom
26 January 2001 | by mrsfrench1209See all my reviews

I have been showing Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources in my French classroom for the past ten years. What I find most fascinating about this process is that for many of the students, it is their first experience in watching a foreign film with subtitles, and initially they are not too receptive to the experience. But very frequently, after having seen Jean de Florette ( I show it in first year French), they are so anxious to see what happens that they go and rent the sequel on their own and want to discuss it in class.

This film and its sequel are studies in human nature, in addition to being traveloges of some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Some of the observations that the students have made about the characters is that they refer to the land and the water with reverential terms. The characters' downfalls are brought about usually because of their inability to accept their restrictions.

If you want two films to use in a French classroom where the scenery is beautiful, the dialogue is usually understandable and the storyline is acceptable to the general public (since we all have to answer to the school boards and the administration), these are the films to use. In addition, if you haven't seen them and you want to just lose yourself in two remarkable films just for the love of good films, these are the ones.


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