Jean De Florette
Jean De Florette (1986)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 27, 1986
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Visually resplendent and magnificently acted (particularly by Auteuil), Jean de Florette has all the trimmings of a great Greek tragedy.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An emotionally affecting morality tale about greed and undeserved anguish.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Dan Jardine

Jean de Florette is as melodramatic as any soap opera, but its treatment is just a little askew, just off-center enough for the film to evolve into a moving and powerful pastoral tragedy.

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Moira Sullivan

Beautiful, carefully groomed, French epic.

Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources" is an emotionally potent movie whose lush depiction of Provence captures your imagination in such a tangible way that you feel as if you are living there during the period.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A stealthy work that creeps up on the viewer, becoming intriguing without seeming to work at it.

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Christopher Null

Highly recommended, even for subtitle-haters.

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Carlos Magalhães
It almost makes us feel guilty that we are rooting for the villains, who conspire so greedily to force a man off his own land, and is elevated even more by… More
David Ladd
When Galinette (Daniel Auteuil) returns from military service to his farm house in France he plans to cultivate carnations. However he and his uncle Cesar… More
Christian C
A beautiful film in every way. Well, almost every way -- Gerard Depardieu is not handsome even when caught on film when he was young and thin. Despite his… More
John Ballantine
One of my favourite films and the "prequel" to the equally fabulous Manon of the Spring. The landowners who ultimately bankrupt Gerard… More
Pierluigi Puccini
A deep, moving tragedy drawn from the bible's book of job. It reaches out as a lesson in cinema and in life.
hawk ledge
Moving and powerful pastoral tragedy. Director Claude Berri shoots the countryside in grand scope, dwarfing the human figures whose daily exertions hardly make… More