The continuation of JEAN DE FLORETTE resumes the story and follows its characters to their fates. Ten years have passed, and Manon (played by newcomer Emmanuelle Beart), the daughter of the hunchbacked farmer Jean (Gerard Depardieu in Part I), has grown into a beautiful young shepherdess
who tends her flock deep in the hills of Provence. In the years since Jean's death, Le Papet (Yves Montand) and his nephew, Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil), have worked Jean's land into a profitable carnation farm by unplugging the underground spring they had kept secret from the hard-working farmer.
Ugolin's vibrant red carnations now blossom in full glory, enabling him to save a small fortune. Le Papet, now old and withered, pushes his nephew toward marriage. Unless Ugolin takes a wife and begins a family, the name of Soubeyran (once the most powerful family in the region) will cease to
exist. Ugolin, however, has no desire to marry--until, one day, he sees Manon bathing in a small spring and falls instantly in love.
Like its predecessor, MANON OF THE SPRING is filled with marvelous photography, gorgeous rolling landscapes, and spectacular performances. While Part I favors Depardieu's character and his struggles against both man and nature, Part II concentrates on the tragic end of Montand and his final
reconciliation with the higher forces of fate. Montand, always brilliant, turns in a performance that ranks with his best work; Auteuil is also excellent as the manipulated young fool. Beart, while easy on the eyes, is given very little to do besides play the object of desire. This is an admirable
though traditional piece of entertainment. MANON surpasses JEAN DE FLORETTE in its portrayal of the villagers, a necessary element virtually absent from the earlier picture. Together JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING earned a total of eight Cesars (the French Oscar): Best Film, Best
Director, Best Actor (Auteuil), Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Score, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound (Pierre Gamet, Dominique Hennequin).
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- Released: 1986
- Rating: R
- Review: The continuation of JEAN DE FLORETTE resumes the story and follows its characters to their fates. Ten years have passed, and Manon (played by newcomer Emmanuelle Beart), the daughter of the hunchbacked farmer Jean (Gerard Depardieu in Part I), has grown in… (more)