The story takes place in a small village of Provence in Occitania, the south of France, shortly after the First World War. César Soubeyran - also known as Papet - and his nephew, Ugolin, are desperate to buy a neighbouring farm after hearing of the death of its owner, for its water source. The farm is then inherited by Jean, a hunchbacked taxcollector from the city. Learning this news, César and Ugolin block up the spring with concrete to force Jean to sell his land. Although Jean valiantly tries to reap the harvests of his land, struggling to bring water from a well many miles away and trying a modern approach to agriculture based on his book knowledge, the hunchback, his wife, and daughter are reduced to poverty and desperation bythe lack of water, while Soubeyran and his nephew remain tight-lipped about the spring under Jean's land. In the end, Jean is killed in an accident as a result of an explosion while attempting to dig his own well to supply water to his land. Jean's young daughter, Manon, has always been suspicious of the Soubeyrans. Her suspicions are proven right when, following her father's death, César and Ugolinfinally buy the farm at a deep discount and force Jean's widow and young daughter (Manon) off of the land. The film ends as Manon discovers César and Ugolin opening up the water source that could have saved her family.
The sequel, Manon des Sources, tells the story of how Manon gets her revenge on César and Ugolin
Jean De Florette
Jean de Florette Love is one of the biggest parts in thismovie, if not the biggest part. Jean de Florette to me is a love story, throughout the movie the talk of love was always present. Even the place it was set in is about love France; love is the first thing I think of when people talk about France. In this move almost every character has thoughts of love. Jean de Florette had the most passion for life in this movie. When he talked he showed so muchlife, with every word he spoke he expressed it as if it were his destiny. Jean loved his family, and he would have done anything for them. Through out the movie he showed many examples just out of love, for instance when they needed water for there farm, he would go to the stream down the hill packed with water pails on his back numerous times a day. He did that because of love. Jean, Aimee, andManon all shared a special bond between them, like they all understood how each other felt without even asking. The woman in Jean’s life was Aimee, she was a very strong hearted and honest woman. A former opera singer in the city, she moved out to Ruissatel because of her love for Jean. This wasn’t her favorite place but she was willing to give it a try for Jean. When Jean was going to the streamto get water for the farm she was right by his side. She was his sole partner and would be by his side forever. Manon was I love with one man, her father. She loved him to death, and would have done anything for him. When they were on the farm she would ask to help just to be a part of her fathers dream. After he died she felt a lot of remorse, for a very long time. Manon started to float awayfrom everything as she got older, her mother, the town, and friends. This stayed like this until a strange man came to town, he was the new teacher and she fell in love at first site. Eventually they became very close and both fell in love and got married. Now there have been only two men in her life that she as learned to love. Ugolin is the most un-romantic person in the whole movie, but some howhe finds a place in his heart and falls in love with Manon. With the first sight of her he had nothing else in his mind, but to find a way to get her. His whole life he had nothing else on his mind except farming and making a living. Before he saw her though he was all about growing carnations because of the money and he loved the look of them. Ugolin fell in love and failed in the process of...