"Jean de Florette" is a Franco-Swiss-Italian-Austrian film written and directed by Claude Berri and released in 1986.
A sequel to the film entitled "Manon des sources" was released the same year.
It is an adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's eponymous book based on the novel "L'Eau des collines" of 1963, itself taken from the film entitled "Manon des sources" that the author directed in 1952.
The film received numerous awards, including the César for best actor for Daniel Auteuil in 1987.
In 1952, Marcel Pagnol directed the film "Manon des sources" with his wife Jacqueline in the title role.
Not being fully satisfied, ten years later he developed the story of Manon in two parts "L'Eau des collines": "Jean de Florette" and "Manon des sources".
Claude Berri shot both adaptations simultaneously and released them a few weeks apart.
The rest of the film is therefore " Manon des sources ".
After eight months of shooting in 1985, the editing of the two films and the preparation of their theatrical releases was spread out over the year 1985.
In the mid 1920s in a small fictitious village in Provence lost in the garrigue, Les Bastides Blanches, Ugolin returned from military service.
This young peasant has a dream: to earn money by growing carnations. His uncle, César Soubeyran, known as "le Papet", is an old bachelor ready to do anything so that his nephew succeeds and marries, so that his name can be passed on, of which Ugolin is the sole heir.
The success of these projects requires a spring on his land, an extremely precious asset. The "farm of the Romarins" would be perfectly suitable.
Secrets of the film
In 2000, Daniel Auteuil won his second César for Best Actor for "La Fille sur le pont".
But for the role of Ugolin, Claude Berri considered Coluche, whose dramatic talents he revealed in his film "Tchao Pantin", but the actor refused the offer because of a disagreement over the amount of the proposed fee.
Subsequently, Jacques Villeret was also approached to play the role of Ugolin but, on the advice of Simone Signoret, Yves Montand suggested a lively actor to give the line to old Papet, it was finally Daniel Auteuil who played the part.
The Cadoret couple on the screen is played by Élisabeth and Gérard Depardieu, who were married to the town at the time of shooting.
The filming took place in the hills of the village of Riboux in the Var, in Mirabeau in the Luberon, as well as in Ansouis, at the Chapel Saint-Joseph de Vaugines in the Vaucluse department and finally in Sommières in the Gard.
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