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Total Crap: 4.76%

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Jean de Florette
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by Greg Muskewitz

4 stars

The first chapter in Claude Berri’s two-part saga (“parte un de un deux-parte tragedy”) about a withering old man and his last relative (Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil) who spy a wonderful piece of land with a spring that will help all of their crops permanently.

The problem is though, that the dead man whose land it was, passed it onto his city slicker son (Gérard Depardieu), who surprises everyone by moving onto the land to work it himself (and with his wife and daughter) rather than sell it. The neighbors do everything they can to prevent Jean, “the hunchback” from finding the spring, which creates a lot of travail and failure on his part. Some segments of the film are almost comic — just as they expect Jean to fail and give up, their disbelief and reliance on old statistics is thrown out of the window. Unlike Jean’s land, most of the film is rich and fertile, but it, too, faces some dry spells. Berri adeptly manipulates the flow and mood of the saga, first by making you root for Montand and Auteuil while awaiting Depardieu’s nonsuccess, but then switching it and making you feel bad and worry for his misfortune and his family’s welfare (but never becoming judgmental or preachy about it like Lasse Hallström would in the same situation). The dramatic moments are annoyingly accented by explosions in the score, and the subtitles are sometimes a fraction slow, but the soap opera is very addictive, with a lot of its prosperity coming from Berri’s mature and uncomplicated direction. The three leads are absolutely exquisite and on the mark, properly leaving one hungry and in anticipation for the conclusion.

[Absolutely to be seen.]

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User Comments

5/20/11 brian Howard (11/23/04, below) is/was an idiot. 5 stars
1/04/11 Ariga Excellente!!! 5 stars
9/19/10 Les Brilliant work 5 stars
6/07/07 Robert Harris A moving movie about greed and revenge! 5 stars
9/17/06 jon abbott Fantastic film -one of the best you will see. 5 stars
4/26/06 Merwin Waite Along with Manon the two best movies EVER! 5 stars
11/23/04 Howard boring piece of crap 1 stars
12/14/03 paul fernandez human nature is caputured at its finest... great perpormances!!! 4 stars
9/11/02 Francofile Nobody adapts literature like the Frenchies. Montand's nasty cuss of an old man is perfect. 4 stars
1/23/02 Spider I recommend highly. 5 stars
11/26/01 Maria A moving story about greed and what some people will do to get what they want. 4 stars
11/13/01 Douglas DeHart Outstanding!!!!! 5 stars
11/08/01 Sharifa It was a pretty good movie. If I could get my hands on Ugolin, I'd murder the bastard!! 4 stars
11/05/01 Alecia it's ok, good for an eighties French film 3 stars
10/17/01 Jennifer H. Bonilla Frustrating movie because of too much betrayal!!! 3 stars
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  02-Sep-1986 (PG)



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