Sit back and relax with this cinematic masterpiece.
Pros: Wonderful production values, absorbing drama.
Cons: Some may find it too slow-paced.
Jean de Florette, together with its sequel, Manon of the
Spring, is a wonderful example of filmmaking craft, with
mesmerizing drama spun from what is really the simplest
of tales, exceptional acting and a breathtaking setting
- the mountains of Provence in France.
A passage into an entirely different way of life, the pretenses
and intense intellectualizations of modern life are stripped
away as the cast grapples with universal human concerns
-- love, death, money and the ongoing struggle to survive.
The film ends with shocking revelations that the viewer
could never have guessed. The plot comes full circle and
couldn't be more ironically perfect!
Reviewed by D. Davavich