Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II )
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Manon des Sources (Manon of the Spring) (Jean de Florette II )
Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources) has also been released as Jean de Florette II in the US, as it is a sequel to Claude Berri's Jean de Florette. Both films are drawn from the same source: Filmmaker/novelist Marcel Pagnol's 1952 rural romance, also titled Jean de Florette. Manon (Emmanuelle Beart), now fully grown, is a shepherdess who prefers to keep her distance from the local villagers. She is determined to uncover the truth behind the death of her father (played by Gerard Depardieu in Jean de Florette) and to wreak vengeance on the men she holds responsible. The more… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Berri also remains a boringly uninteresting director, dotting every i and crossing every t with nothing much on his mind but platitude."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The acting, from that of the four major stars to the numerous supporting cast members, is without flaw."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Another aching heartbreaker of a film by Berri that absorbs and rewards the audience for sticking with Manon on her sun-beaten quest."
‑ Gavin Bainbridge, Empire Magazine
"Emmaunelle Beart is exquisite."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"As lovely and intriguing as 'Jean de Florette' in every way."
‑ John Urbancich, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"Berri is unable to overcome the inherent feebleness of the Manon character, here played ineffectually by the lovely and talented Emmanuelle Beart."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie is stuffed with cues for arias that are never heard."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Wonderful and unforgettable."
‑ , Film4
"The two films make an elegant, satisfying film that lasts for four hours and possess an ending worthy of every minute leading up to it."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"An admirable follow-up that completes the saga that Claude Berri started with such aplomb."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"There is a satisfying symmetry to events, with Manon able to take her revenge on the Soubeyrans."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"All of this takes place with the implacable pace of a Greek tragedy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Like its predecessor, Manon of the Spring is filled with marvelous photography, gorgeous rolling landscapes, and spectacular performances."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An old-fashioned movie about destiny."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This is a film in which the background is as compelling as the foreground."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews