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Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources) (1987)



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Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources) has also been released as Jean de Florette II in the US, as it is a sequel to Claude Berri's Jean de Florette. Both films are drawn from the same source: Filmmaker/novelist Marcel Pagnol's 1952 rural romance, also titled Jean de Florette. Manon (Emmanuelle Beart), now fully grown, is a shepherdess who prefers to keep her distance from the local villagers. She is determined to uncover the truth behind the death of her father (played by Gerard Depardieu in Jean de Florette) and to wreak vengeance on the men she holds responsible. The more sympathetic of the two men, Ugolin (Daniel Auteil), is in love with Manon, but this does not weaken her resolve. She causes the village's water supply to diminish, blaming this action upon Ugolin and his duplicitous co-conspirator Cesar (Yves Montand). The upshot of this vengeful behavior ends in tragedy for all concerned. The joint winners of eight French Cesar awards, Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring were released to the U.S. in tandem in 1987.


Yves Montand
as Cesar Soubeyran
Hippolyte Girardot
as Bernard Olivier
Elisabeth Depardieu
as Aimee Cadoret
Margarita Lozano
as Baptistine
André Dupon
as Pamphile
Jean Maurel
as Anglade
Didier Pain
as Eliacin
Marc Betton
as Martial
Yvonne Gamy
as Delphine
Lucien Damiani
as Belloiseau
Ticky Holgado
as Specialist
Francoise Trompette
as Village Woman
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Critic Reviews for Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources)

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9)

Another aching heartbreaker of a film by Berri that absorbs and rewards the audience for sticking with Manon on her sun-beaten quest.

August 14, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Berri also remains a boringly uninteresting director, dotting every i and crossing every t with nothing much on his mind but platitude.

August 14, 2012 | Full Review…

Berri is unable to overcome the inherent feebleness of the Manon character, here played ineffectually by the lovely and talented Emmanuelle Beart.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

There is a satisfying symmetry to events, with Manon able to take her revenge on the Soubeyrans.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The acting, from that of the four major stars to the numerous supporting cast members, is without flaw.

September 25, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The movie is stuffed with cues for arias that are never heard.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources)


It is frustrating that Manon is such a weak and poorly-written character, which makes her "revenge" feel much less deserved, even though the film unfolds like a true Greek tragedy and is able to move us with a touching ending and the strength of Yves Montand's performance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Raves for the prior film, Jean de Florette. This film, however, is bizarre and unsettling. Story is nowhere near as brilliantly conceived or beautiful. Seems like a straight-to-video bit of billingsgate rushed to market by a slasher film director. I give it a "M'eh".

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Poetic, endearing, heartbreaking. the second part of Jean de Florette's tragedy deals with the consequences of the greed and hypocresy shown among the villagers in the first part and how it affects their lives. Some surprising things come up as well. I never thought that not only the characters, but myself as well, would all be changing our indignation and contempt for forgiveness.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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