Extremely well-made, Jean de Florette is director Claude Berri's finest work, a touching tale that is simple and succinct while not devolving into a confusing and minimalist mess. Depardieu and Auteuil are at their height as actors, and Berri's widescreen panoramas of the beautiful -- yet unforgiving -- French countryside are unforgettable.
Highly recommended, even for subtitle-haters.
Part two of this epic is Manon of the Spring.
Run time: 120 mins
In Theaters: Saturday 1st August 1987
Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment
Production compaines: DD Productions, Films A2, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Renn Productions, Télévision Suisse-Romande (TSR), AMLF
Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
IMDB: 8.1 / 10
Director: Claude Berri
Producer: Pierre Grunstein
Starring: Yves Montand as Cesar Soubeyran, Gérard Depardieu as Jean de Florette, Daniel Auteuil as Ugolin, Elisabeth Depardieu as Aimée Cadoret, Margarita Lozano as Baptistine, Ernestine Mazurowna as Manon, Armand Meffre as Philoxène, Jean Maurel as Anglade, Didier Pain as Eliacin, Pierre-Jean Rippert as Pascal