Jean de Florette (PG).
When hunchback Jean de Florette arrives in 1920s Provence from the city, peasant farmer César Soubeyran and his simple nephew, Ugolin, deprive his property of water so that they can drive him away and acquire the land for a pittance.
When hunchback tax collector Jean de Florette (Gérard Depardieu) arrives in 1920s Provence from the city to take over the inheritance of a farm, peasant farmer César Soubeyran (Yves Montand) and his simple nephew, Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil), deprive his property of water so that they can drive him away and acquire the land for a pittance. Director Claude Berri spent six years trying to acquire the rights to Marcel Pagnol’s two volume novel. Inspired by Pagnol’s own 1952 feature, Manon Des Sources, the story chronicled the destruction of an educated outsider by avaricious provincials, who meet their match in his free-spirited daughter.
Cast Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Élisabeth Depardieu, Emmanuelle Béart
Dir Claude Berri | 1986 | France/Italy/Switzerland | 115 mins | UK Distrib Park Circus