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February 6th, 2014

Jean de Florette

Wonderful drama of rural village life

Claude Berri 1986, France, 120 mins.

With Gerard Depardieu, Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil

In French with subtitles

    

Little short of a masterpiece, this is the captivating story of the idealist from the city (Depardieu) who brings his young family to the rural village where he has inherited some land, to start a new life as a peasant farmer. He becomes the unwitting victim of his scheming neighbour (Montand), who conceals the existence of the spring that would enable his plans to succeed. Based on the book by Marcel Pagnol, France’s favourite novelist, this film features top-rank performances, wonderful scenery and a plot worthy of Shakespeare. Not to be missed!

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