Jean De Florette
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Co-adapted by director Claude Berri from a novel by Marcel Pagnol, this hugely successful French historical drama concerns a bizarre battle royale over a valuable natural spring in a remote French farming community. City dweller Jean Cadoret (Gérard Depardieu) assumes ownership of the spring when the original owner is accidentally killed by covetous farmer Cesar Soubeyran (Yves Montand). Soubeyran and his equally disreputable nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) pull every dirty trick in the book to force Cadoret off his land, but the novice farmer stands firm. Although the Soubeyrans appear to gain… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The point of the film is not to create suspense, but to capture the relentlessness of human greed, the feeling that the land is so important the human spirit can be sacrificed to it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An emotionally affecting morality tale about greed and undeserved anguish."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"You may also become permanently sick of goats. But after Jean, a rich residue of themes and images remains -- much as after reading a long but great novel or Greek tragedy."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Beautiful, carefully groomed, French epic."
‑ Moira Sullivan, FilmFestivals.com
"A stealthy work that creeps up on the viewer, becoming intriguing without seeming to work at it."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Highly recommended, even for subtitle-haters."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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