Buy “Manon of the Spring Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Bart, Daniel Auteuil, Hippolyte Girardot, Margarita Lozano, Yvonne Gamy, Ticky Holgado, Jean Bouchaud, Elisabeth Depardieu, Gabriel Bacquier, Armand Meffre, Andr Dupon, Bruno Nuytten, Claude Berri, Genevive Louveau, Alain Poir, Pierre Grunstein, Grard Brach, Marcel Pagnol Movies & TV” Online

Manon of the Spring

This is such a wonderful film it is hard to know where to begin. Although it can stand on its own, you will enjoy it more – and appreciate the irony of the story – if you watch its companion DVD, the "first" part of the story, Jean de Florette. Jean, a hunchback, inherits a house and land from his mother, Florette. However, a neighbor wants the land for his nephew. The two of them devise a plot to ruin Jean. By the end of the 1st DVD, they have secceeded. Manon de Source (the 2nd DVD) is the story of what happens when Jean’s daughter, Manon, now grown up, discovers their plot and devises her revenge. It is a tale of greed and retribution so beautifully crafted that one only watch in it unfold wonder. The story of Jean and Manon is a moral tale so perfectly written that every piece from the 1st DVD (Jean de Florette) falls perfectly into place it the second. NOTE: In spite of the title, this film is in French with subtitles. If you know a little French, I believe you will enjoy it a bit more. The part of Jean is superbly acted by Gerard Depardieu (not sure of the spelling here) one of France’s national treasures. His portrayal of Jean, with his energetic gestures, is enjoyable even if you don’t understand French. Yves Montand, as the greedy plotter and . . . (can’t say more without revealing the VERY unexpected ending) plays the villain superbly. Suffice it to say that the ending is PERFECT. It ties up every loose end and reminds us that what comes around goes around. Check it out!

Movie description This sequel to 1986’s JEAN DE FLORETTE stars Emmanuelle Beart as Manon (the daughter of JEAN DE FLORETTE’s protagonist). Manon has grown up to become a beautiful woman, a shy and resourceful shepherdess who lives in relative seclusion from the townspeople of her provencal village, haunted by the tragic death of her father (played by Gerard Depardieu in part one). An outsider, like her father, Manon stays high up in the rugged hills preferring the company of her sheep to her nearby neighbors Csar (Yves Montand) and Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil). One fateful day, Manon discovers the real reason why her father’s spring ran dry and comes up with a powerful revenge to exact on the men responsible for her father’s downfall. Manon’s action changes her life forever and uncovers long-hidden family secrets that powerfully affect the local villagers. This charming and poignant fable, based on Marcel Pagnol’s classic story is a richly filmed tale of a small triumph over tragedy. Emmanuelle Beart’s beauty radiates throughout the film, she delivers a subtle and captivating performance. Once again, director Claude Berri films with a sensitive eye for the wild beauty of the French countryside that perfectly compliments the seductive and earthy beauty of its nubile young star. Credits Producer: Claude Berri Cast: Elisabeth Depardieu, Hippolyte Girardot Details Edition: World Films Sound: Stereo Sound, Film has yellow subtitles for easy legibility. DVD Features: Region 1 Keep Case Widescreen Single Side – Single Layer Audio: Dolby Digital – French Additional Release Material: Theatrical Trailer Editorial reviews “…MANON OF THE SPRING reminds us how gratifying good old-fashioned revenge can be…” Los Angeles Times – Kevin Thomas (12/24/1987) Portions of this page Copyright 1981 – 2010 Muze Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Manon of the Spring Review

 

This gorgeous film is the concluding story of Jean de Florette. That the two films aren’t boxed together is ridiculous, because although they stand alone, taken together they become an unforgettable film experience and a devastating masterpiece. In this film, the little daughter of Jean de Florette, who knows what was done to her father and by whom, has grown to become a stunningly beautiful young woman (Emmanuelle Beart). She is a free spirit, a shephardess, and so achingly gorgeous that one of the participants in her father’s tragic downfall (Daniel Auteuil) can’t help but fall hopelessly in love with her (no mystery there!). That his love is hopeless and will ruin him is just the begining of the reverberations from the sins commited in the first film that will befall the sinners in this concluding second film. The other is what happens to the character played by Yves Montand. I will not spoil it for you, but what comes back on this cruelly calculating old man is something to behold. Montand capped a wonderful career with his brilliant and nuanced portrayal of this man. The role, which spans both films, is a beautifully deep performance, and you will be surprised by your different emotions about this character. It is a full-range performance, and shouldn’t be missed by anyone who loves great acting. Although each film is complete unto itself, it is together that the full artistry and power of the story is experienced. So if you get one, by all means get the other. Directed with care and photographed beautifully in the countryside of Provence, this is a visual and emotional treat. A terrific story of human passions, each is a 4 star film, together they are a 5 star masterpiece. -Read Reviews-

While I loved both movies, Jean de Florette and the sequel Manon of the Spring, I would rate the first of the pair to to have an edge over the second. They are both masterfully done, and you really can’t watch just one of them, as they are an inseparable pair, the first movie forming the background for the second, and the second providing the resolution for the first. Without giving up too much of the story, these movies tell a story of greed, “accidental” murder, and resolution with the likes of Greek tragedy–critically and tenderly revealing the mysterious nature of the human heart. Two of the best set of movies ever in my lifetime. My only criticism of the 2nd movie is the weak portrayal of the young woman, which came down to either poor direction or perhaps a poor casting decision. Overall, this flaw can be overlooked, as these two movies will stand as classics for many years to come.

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