Pe­riod drama in Provence

Provincial Living - - Entertainment -

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)

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