Jean de Florette (1986)

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  • Jean de Florette et l'Eau des Collines Alternative French


Period drama. In the hills of Provence, village elder César Soubeyran, known as Papet, and his nephew Ugolin covet a piece of land which seems to be the perfect site to grow their carnations as it has an underground spring tucked away. However, the rightful heir appears in Jean, son of a woman called Florette who grew up nearby. Jean, a hunchback, has moved here from the city with his wife and young daughter, Manon, to farm the land. Papet and Ugolin scheme to change Jean's mind about rural life, and secretly stop up his well. Jean struggles on through a hot summer, hiking to collect water from far away many times a day in a bid to keep his crops and animals alive. (Part two of the story is told in the film 'Manon des Sources'.)

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