Jean De Florette (1986)/Manon Of The Spring (1986)
Director/co-scripter Claude Berri's two-part epic brings Marcel Pagnol's novels to vibrant life. First, the hunchbacked "Jean de Florette" (Gerard Depardieu) moves his family to a remote village to claim a farm he inherited, but a greedy landowner (Yves Montand), trying to drive Jean away, blocks the spring that waters his land. With Daniel Auteuil, Elisabeth Depardieu. Next, "Manon of the Spring" stars Emmanuelle Beart as Jean's now-grown daughter and details how her discovery of the plot against her father leads to a fitting vengeance...and a startling revelation. Auteuil, Yves Montand, Hippolyte Girardot also star. 4 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English. In French with English subtitles.