Jean de Florette

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, and are dismayed to hear that 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.

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Film Cast:

  • César Soubeyran, le Papet: Yves Montand
  • Jean Cadoret, le bossu, fils de Florette: Gérard Depardieu
  • Ugolin Soubeyran, neveu du Papet: Daniel Auteuil
  • Aimée Cadoret, épouse de Jean: Elisabeth Depardieu
  • Baptistine, la piémontaise de la grotte: Margarita Lozano
  • Manon Cadoret, fille de Jean & Aimée: Ernestine Bluteau
  • Philoxène, le maire: Armand Meffre
  • Pamphile, le menuisier: André Dupon
  • Casimir: Pierre Nougaro
  • Anglade, le croyant: Jean Maurel
  • Ange, le fontainier: Roger Souza
  • Eliacin: Didier Pain
  • Pascal: Pierre-Jean Rippert
  • Martial: Marc Betton
  • Méderic, le patron du bar: Clément Cal
  • Giuseppe: Benedetto Bertino
  • Pique-Bouffigue: Marcel Champel
  • Amandine, la servante: Chantal Liennel
  • le fleuriste: Fransined
  • le notaire: Marcel Berbert
  • le docteur: Christian Tamisier
  • le muletier: Jo Doumerg

Film Crew:

  • Associate Producer: Alain Poiré
  • Adaptation: Gérard Brach
  • Editor: Hervé de Luze
  • Executive Producer: Pierre Grunstein
  • Editor: Noëlle Boisson
  • Editor: Sophie Coussein
  • Adaptation: Claude Berri
  • Sound Engineer: Pierre Gamet
  • Music Director: Jean-Claude Petit
  • Novel: Marcel Pagnol
  • Editor: Jeanne Kef
  • Editor: Arlette Langmann
  • Editor: Corinne Lazare
  • Editor: Catherine Serris
  • Sound Engineer: Dominique Hennequin
  • Sound Engineer: Laurent Quaglio
  • Musician: Toots Thielemans
  • Assistant Director: Xavier Castano
  • Script Supervisor: Hélène Sébillotte

Movie Reviews:

  • Nutshell: sub·tle (adjective) Definition: making use of clever and indirect methods to achieve something.
    One of the most celebrated French films of the 1980s, and with good reason. I don’t think
    there’s ever been a film that better depicts evil so subtlety well as Jean de Florette, specifically
    in terms of greed, covetousness, and selfishness. It is not at all a “thriller”, but an engrossing
    drama that envelops you with its deep characterizations and tragic story. Directed and co-written
    by Claude Berri, and starring Yves Montand and Gerard Depardieu (both of them just excellent). This film, viewed along with it’s
    sequel Manon of the Spring, reward the viewer with roughly 4 hours of one of the most enjoyable
    cinematic experiences ever. This is the Pathé 4K Restoration.

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