1986 ( Switzerland | Italy | France ) ( Drama )
( French with English subtitles )
Starring: Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart
Director: Claude Berri
A French film evening, featuring two films, firstly ‘Jean de Florette’ starting at 4.15pm. This is then followed by a French style buffet including French wine, cheese, pate and French bread at 6.15pm. The second film completing the story, ‘Manon of the Spring’ will start at 7.45 pm. The ticket price will be £10 to include both films and the buffet.
Manon of the Spring resumes the story and follows its characters to their fates. Ten years have passed, and Manon (played by newcomer Emmanuelle Beart), the daughter of the hunchbacked farmer Jean (Gerard Depardieu in Part I), has grown into a beautiful young shepherdess who tends her flock deep in the hills of Provence. When she sees the chance to avenge herself on Cesar (Yves Montand), and Ugolin (Daniel Auteui), she does so.
This film is lyrical in its portrait of passion, revenge, and remorse. Yves Montand gives a towering performance as the cunning and manipulative patriarch of a clan without a male heir. Fate deals him a devastating blow in the dramatic finale of Manon of the Spring. This is an old-fashioned movie about destiny that hammers its points across with great cinematic and emotional authority.