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Jean de Florette (1986)

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Release Date
Aug 27, 1986 (France) Jun 26, 1987 (USA) May 3, 1988 (Italy)
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jan 23, 2001
• R2: 27 Mar 2000

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Running Time
2 hours, 0 minutes

Country France, Switzerland, Italy

Studio DD Productions, Films Antenne 2, Franco London Films, RAI 2, Renn Productions

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• Jean de Florette
• Jean Florette (1986)

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Genre: Drama, Scams And Cons, Tear Jerker, Experimental, Period Piece, Culture Clash, Deception

Plot: The first of two parts of the classic Marcel Pagnol story set in southeast France in the mid 1920s. In a small provencal village, where water is scarce and the earth dry, only one piece of property possesses an underground spring to irrigate the soil--and the wily, greedy César (Yves Montand) will do anything to get hold of it. His dreams seem on the verge of coming true when the owner (with a little help from César) dies unexpectedly. But then Jean Cadoret (Gerard Depardieu), an outsider who inherits the farm, arrives with the intention of settling down and cultivating the land with his good-hearted wife Aimee (played by Depardieu's real wife, Elisabeth Depardieu) and young daughter Manon (Ernestine Mazurowna). Jean, a hunchback and sensitive dreamer, glories in his new life while César and his nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) secretly decide to stop up the spring so his plans will fail. The good-hearted Jean, too naive to imagine that anyone would sabotage him, struggles fruitlessly to make his garden bloom. His continual failure erodes his spirit, setting the stage for a tragedy with consequences for all. Director Claude Berri focuses a well-trained eye on the heart-stopping scenery of the rural provencal landscape in this beautifully filmed tragedy, establishing a farmer's

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 Directed by
Claude Berri
Manon of the Spring, Germinal, A Housekeeper
 Written by
Claude Berri
Manon of the Spring, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar
Yves Montand
Manon of the Spring, The Wages of Fear, Z
Daniel Auteuil
Manon of the Spring, The Closet, Queen Margot
Elisabeth Depardieu
Manon of the Spring, Mischka, Garçu, Le
Margarita Lozano
A Fistful of Dollars, Manon of the Spring, Viridiana
Armand Meffre
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Pierre Nougaro
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 Music By
Jean-Claude Petit
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