Period drama in Provence
By the 80’s, the French film industry was foundering, but a much-needed injection of government funding allowed director Claude Berri to show off Provence to the world in his heartbreaking drama Jean de Florette and its sequel Manon des Sources.
Starring household names such as Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Béart, both films were box office smash hits around the globe. The fateful tale of greed and vengeance is full of exquisitely memorable moments – a woman singing opera from a farmhouse window; row upon row of bloodred carnations; Gérard Depardieu’s despair when his great dream fails; and Emmanuelle Béart’s beautiful, furiously determined face as she wreaks vengeance.
Jean de Florette (1986)