Jean de Florette
Release Year: 1986
Director: Claude Berri
Writers: Claude Berri (screenplay), Gérard Brach (screenplay), Marcel Pagnol (based on his 1962 novel Jean de Florette)
Starring: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu, Margarita Lozano, Ernestine Mazurowna, Armand Meffre, Jean Maurel
Rating: Nominated for 1 Golden Globe: Best Foreign Language Film.
Greedy landowner César (Yves Montant) and his nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) are not happy with their new neighbour and decide to force him off his land by blocking his water supply so they can buy his land cheap.
This classic film is based on the beloved work of Marcel Pagnol. Set in rural southern France shortly after the First World War, the story revolves around the new heir to one of the old farms in the area. When he arrives, he turns out to be a hunchback with a young daughter and customs that are very different from what the locals are used to. He especially annoys his neighbouring farmer who decide to plot against him to drive him out. The acting is excellent and all three main actors are wonderful. Especially Montand (Le salaire de la peur, 1953) who somehow manages to make his cold-hearted farmer a bit likable. The setting and the characters make this tragic period drana a very engaging watch. Highly recommended!
Jean de Florette can be viewed on its own, but the story does not really conclude until the end of the sequel, Manon des sources (1986).
During pre-production 12,000 carnations had to be planted and a dozen olive trees, each several hundred years old, had to be transplanted