Jean De Florette (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Jean De Florette (1986)




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Co-adapted by director Claude Berri from a novel by Marcel Pagnol, this hugely successful French historical drama concerns a bizarre battle royale over a valuable natural spring in a remote French farming community. City dweller Jean Cadoret (Gérard Depardieu) assumes ownership of the spring when the original owner is accidentally killed by covetous farmer Cesar Soubeyran (Yves Montand). Soubeyran and his equally disreputable nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) pull every dirty trick in the book to force Cadoret off his land, but the novice farmer stands firm. Although the Soubeyrans appear to gain the upper hand, the audience is assured that they will eventually be foiled by the vengeful daughter of the spring's deceased owner -- thus setting the stage for the film's equally successful sequel, Manon of the Spring.

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Gérard Depardieu
as Jean Cadoret
Yves Montand
as Cesar Soubeyran
Daniel Auteuil
as Ugolin Soubeyran
Elisabeth Depardieu
as Aimee Cadoret
Ernestine Mazurowna
as Manon Cadoret
Marcel Champel
as Pique-Bouffigue
André Dupon
as Pamphile
Marc Betton
as Martial
Jean Maurel
as Anglade
Margarita Lozano
as Baptistine
Didier Pain
as Eliacin
Jo Doumerg
as Muledriver
Chantal Liennel
as Amandine, Papet's Servant
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Critic Reviews for Jean De Florette

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

You may also become permanently sick of goats. But after Jean, a rich residue of themes and images remains -- much as after reading a long but great novel or Greek tragedy.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The point of the film is not to create suspense, but to capture the relentlessness of human greed, the feeling that the land is so important the human spirit can be sacrificed to it.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite its aspects of humanity, the characters seem cold and distant, making one yearn for those that populated Renoir's rural universe. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources" is an emotionally potent movie whose lush depiction of Provence captures your imagination in such a tangible way that you feel as if you are living there during the period.

July 16, 2015 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

Visually resplendent and magnificently acted (particularly by Auteuil), Jean de Florette has all the trimmings of a great Greek tragedy.

February 20, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Jean de Florette is as melodramatic as any soap opera, but its treatment is just a little askew, just off-center enough for the film to evolve into a moving and powerful pastoral tragedy.

December 27, 2014 | Rating: 77/100 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jean De Florette


It almost makes us feel guilty that we are rooting for the villains, who conspire so greedily to force a man off his own land, and is elevated even more by Jean-Claude Petit's wonderful score and two excellent performances by Yves Montand and Daniel Auteuil.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A beautiful film in every way. Well, almost every way -- Gerard Depardieu is not handsome even when caught on film when he was young and thin. Despite his aesthetic challenges, the story is marvelous and beautifully acted.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

A deep, moving tragedy drawn from the bible's book of job. It reaches out as a lesson in cinema and in life.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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