Jean de Florette (1986)

“I know all about springs. They’re like pretty girls – ignore them and they’re gone.” – Cesar Soubeyran

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two greedy landowners conspire to take over the plot of land of their neighbor by stopping the flow of water which will cause him to go bankrupt and sell.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about until someone recently recommended that I watch it.

Since I have been trying to expand my knowledge of foreign films over the past 6 months or so, I decided to give this film a try in order to see why it was so highly acclaimed.

This film works largely due to the way that the story is played out.

The plot is filled with slight twists and turns along the way that make you constantly wonder what will happen next.

The 3 main characters are all written really well and distinctly in order to give us three very different characters who each act in their own personal way in order to achieve their goals.

The main cast of Yves Montand, Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil are all great and manage to give us three very realistic seeming characters who we can easily care about.

The problem is that they are all likeable despite their motivations and we want them all to succeed even if they have conflicting intentions.

This film gives us a great view of how life must have been like in these kind of rural villages which in turn helps make the story feel even more authentic.

Bottom Line – Great film because of the way that it plays out so well. The 3 main characters are each played extremely well by Montand, Depardieu and Auteuil and we get a clear sense of the various personalities of the three that cause them to act in the ways that they do. They do a great job of making us care about each of them despite their character flaws and intentions and it’s easy to wish for all of them to succeed even if that is impossible since they have conflicting intentions throughout.  We get a great look at how life in these kind of rural areas were lived at the time and the story comes across as seeming quite authentic. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During pre-production 12,000 carnations had to be planted and a dozen olive trees, each several hundred years old, had to be transplanted. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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