A greedy landowner and his backward nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell.

Director:

Claude Berri

Writers:

Claude Berri (adaptation), Gérard Brach (adaptation) (as Gerard Brach) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Montand ... Cesar Soubeyran dit 'Le Papet'
Gérard Depardieu ... Jean de Florette (as Gerard Depardieu)
Daniel Auteuil ... Ugolin
Elisabeth Depardieu Elisabeth Depardieu ... Aimee Cadoret
Margarita Lozano ... Baptistine
Ernestine Mazurowna Ernestine Mazurowna ... Manon Cadoret enfant
Armand Meffre Armand Meffre ... Philoxène
André Dupon André Dupon ... Pamphile, le menuisier (as Andre Dupon)
Pierre Nougaro Pierre Nougaro ... Casimir
Jean Maurel Jean Maurel ... Anglade
Roger Souza Roger Souza ... Ange
Didier Pain Didier Pain ... Eliacin
Pierre-Jean Rippert Pierre-Jean Rippert ... Pascal
Marc Betton Marc Betton ... Martial
Clement Cal Clement Cal ... Méderic
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Storyline

In a rural French village an old man and his only remaining relative cast their covetous eyes on an adjoining vacant property. They need its spring water for growing their flowers, so are dismayed to hear the man who has inherited it is moving in. They block up the spring and watch as their new neighbour tries to keep his crops watered from wells far afield through the hot summer. Though they see his desperate efforts are breaking his health and his wife and daughter's hearts they think only of getting the water. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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During pre-production 12,000 carnations had to be planted and a dozen olive trees, each several hundred years old, had to be transplanted. See more »

Goofs

When Jean bends over as he is first fixing his roof, the outline of the padding used to make his hunchback is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[dialog in French, lines from English subtitles]
Ugolin: Papet! Papet! It's me, Ugolin!
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Referenced in Notting Hill (1999) See more »

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Escape to a rural idyll from another age
22 September 2005 | by aspreadbSee all my reviews

This film captures another world, and makes you a part of it. The acting is superb, the scenery breathtaking, and a huge amount of skill and effort has gone into evoking the heat of summer and the details of village life in a harsh, pre-industrial world. If you cannot stand watching a film in a foreign language, or you only watch films with special effects and non-stop action,then you may find something to object to in this one, but otherwise it is perfection. The story is heart-wrenching, all the characters (both good and bad) demand sympathy, and the story is both credible, and beautifully told. That is the true quality of this film - it tells a simple, gripping story in a way that grips any viewer with a heart from start to finish.


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Country:

Switzerland | France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jean de Florette See more »

Filming Locations:

Ansouis, Vaucluse, France See more »

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Gross USA:

$4,940,939

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,940,939
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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