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Jean de Florette
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Jean-de-Florette

Jean de Florette

1986
Drama
2h 0m
In a rural French village an old man and his only remaining relative cast their covetous eyes on an adjoining vacant property... (imdb)
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73rd
85
There's nothing very extraordinary about any single facet of Jean de Florette (except maybe the writing, which really stands out), but there's nothing at all wrong with any single facet of it either. The acting, the characters, the direction, whatever else you can think of: all are more than competently handled. It's an original, believable, well-realised story, and there's nothing not to like about it.
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77th
83
A very satisfying small-scale epic in 2 parts. Berri seems particularly interested in exposing the close-mindedness and nastiness of a certain breed of rural hick while giving them a small amount of redemption. Things get a little goofy in the third hour (i.e., the first half of Manon) and it's far too easy to root for the heroes, but it's generally made up for by other aspects, particularly the plot construction, Depardieu's earnest but naive performance and the beautiful pastoral atmosphere.
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94th
90
Every facet of the film is wonderful and even while it doesn't feel particularly original the execution is unimpeachable. Wonderful visual contrasts, excellent writing and superb performances create characters that deliver depth in their simplicity. The commentary is ever present but never in your face and the twists of the plot are all very appropriately handled.
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87th
72
Very interesting characters, simple but engaging story. Beautiful pastoral setting, warm color palette with lots of green. Just by looking at this film, like Florette I feel the urge to reconnect with nature.
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95th
98
Sublime, deeply moving drama, and indictment of human nature, pits sunny and likable Depardieu (who is extraordinary) against schemers Montand and Auteuil. Blind-sides the viewer by beginning almost as a comedy, as we suspect the sweet natured Depardieu will leave his enemies in the dust by blind optimism, but switches to intense drama, leading to an unbearably sad deneumont. Exceptionally well shot and written, and marked by precise characterisations by every member of the cast.
Avg Percentile 72.30% from 707 total ratings
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