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Manon des Sources

Manon des Sources PG rating

The sequel to Jean de Florette concludes the Provencal period saga about two farming clans, headed by Emmanuelle Béart and Daniel Auteuil.

Drama 1986 109 mins

Director: Claude Berri

Overview

The concluding segment to one of the best-known French films follows the fortunes of Jean de Florette’s daughter Emmanuelle Béart, heir to her father’s farmlands and now the object of his former rival Ugolin’s (Daniel Auteuil) affections.

Filmed at the same time as Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources is a deeply satisfying conclusion to the Provencal period saga, offsetting the absence of Gerard Depardieu with Béart’s radiant charm. The diptych represents two of the most successful French films of all time, with Bruno Nuytten’s glowing cinematography inspiring a lasting British obsession with the rustic countryside of southern France.