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Jean de Florette (1986)

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.

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Jean de Florette (as Gerard Depardieu)
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Elisabeth Depardieu ...
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Baptistine
Ernestine Mazurowna ...
Armand Meffre ...
Philoxéne
André Dupon ...
Pamphile, le menuisier (as Andre Dupon)
Pierre Nougaro ...
Jean Maurel ...
Anglade
Roger Souza ...
Ange
Didier Pain ...
Eliacin
Pierre-Jean Rippert ...
Pascal
Marc Betton ...
Martial
Clement Cal ...
Méderic
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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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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28 August 1987 (USA)  »

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$4,940,939 (USA)
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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

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

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[dialog in French, lines from English subtitles]
Ugolin: Papet! Papet! It's me, Ugolin!
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Many producers spend a lifetime trying to make one of these...
28 October 2003 | by (Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

... and never really come close.

How can one be the witness to this much acting, such a strong storyline about greed (which makes us appreciate human qualities - all the more), and not be touched/moved by this ?

Combined with part II (which really is not optional - considering it's dramatic revelation) - it makes for superbe movie-going experience that is barely 1 notch short of GodFather quality, as far as drama goes. Character development is excellent, pretty much all of it is plausible, nothing really grates, except to see a good man suffer.

Jean is good, an erudite - but he cannot understand nor smell a conspiracy - as this makes no real sense to someone with his principles. And when is all said and done - what matters most once you are heading to the pearly gates (should you be so lucky) the amount of wealth you've amassed or how you lived ? How do you hope to be remembered ?

As cunning and sly as Soubeyrand is - I guess he never figured it out....

A cruel, stunning classic, with impeccable french nuances. A must-see.

J.M.


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