Jean De Florette details
|Starring:||Gerard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Yves Montand, Elisabeth Depardieu|
|Genre:||World Cinema - French|
Jean De Florette
|Run time:||1 hour 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||Currently unavailable|
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French ConnectionBy a customer from Oxford , 20 Sep 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]The film with the Stella music that is oft quoted as the most popular foreign language film ever made ? and rightly so. Other than Nikita, this is probably the best film to come out of France, and yet it has such an unlikely plot for the success that it reaped. With all the hype surrounding special effects and action movies, people forget that cinema is essentially story telling. This is one reason that some tales have been brought to the screen over and over again. Unless we are interested in the actions or fate of the central character a film will fail to grab a viewer's attention.
This is where Jean de Florette is pre-eminent. It tells a tale. It tells it simply and engages the viewers heart. The film is wonderfully shot in the French countryside with an almost photographic eye for images.
Gerard Depardieu's performance must rank as one of cinema's greatest performances and he is more than ably assisted by Yves Montand and the rest of the cast.
Also worthy of note is the selection of Verdi's The Force of Destiny as the theme music because throughout the film I felt that Destiny, cruel and heartless was driving the story forward.
This is without doubt cinema great and is recommended as a peerless effort in what cinema should be - story telling.
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Deeply movingBy Abicon (5 reviews) , 22 Feb 2013Oh my, this film is amazing. It made me so angry, pure emotion. Watch it or miss out on the film of a life time.
Great storyBy a customer , 10 Jan 2013Beautiful film. I have been meaning to watch this film for years and loved it. Fantastic music, great story, beautiful cinematography. You must watch Manon des Sources straight away after and then you will long for Part 3 (there isn't one).
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Rustic RealityBy pcgn7 (1 review) , 10 Jan 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHidegloriously realistic and utterly believable about the petty viciousness of jealous neighbours. My 13 yr old, who usually watches sci-fi drama, was enthralled. The end, where the wicked ones got away with it, was an excellent touch.
Wild ProvenceBy a customer , 19 Nov 2012This has to be my favourite film of all time, I never tire of it. Superb acting, famous faces disappear into the characters, splendid photography and music. It paints a wonderful picture of that part of France, much of which is still wild and sparsely inhabited and the hard way of life for peasant farmers.
I stayed in a gite once, and one barn was just a small rocky cave in the side of the hill. My 5-year-old daughter was enchanted when the farmer took her in, there was a very young calf and cow, various chickens and ducks etc.
She turned to me with shining eyes and whispered, 'Oh, mum, it's just like Jesus!' This film always reminds me of that special moment.
Wonderful filmsBy gillybop (16 reviews) , 02 Feb 2012Both this (and Manon des Sources) are an absolute, categorical, 100% must-see. Beautiful but simple, heart renching stories. All the actors are superb but Depardieu was just born to play this part. They are quite simply what cinema was made for. Bravo!