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Manon des Sources (1986)

You watched Jean de Florette, now see if the bad guys get their come-uppance.

The story unfolds in the rustic and picturesque environment of Provence in the 1920s.

The film begins ten years after the events of "Jean de Florette." Manon, Jean's daughter, is now a beautiful shepherdess living in the countryside of Provence near Les Romarins, the farm her father once owned. She lives with an elderly Piedmontese squatter couple who teach her to live off the land, tending to a herd of goats and hunting for birds and rabbits.

Ugolin Soubeyran and his uncle, César Soubeyran—also known as Papet—have started a successful business growing carnations at Les Romarins, thanks to the water provided by the spring there. Ugolin develops an obsessive interest in Manon after seeing her bathe nude in the mountains. However, Manon is repulsed by Ugolin's advances, likely due to his involvement in her father's downfall.

Manon discovers that her father's death was not an accident but a result of a crime committed by César and Ugolin. They had blocked the spring on Jean's farm, leading to his death. They then bought the farm cheaply from his widow—Manon's mother—and unblocked the spring.

Upon learning that many villagers knew about this crime but remained silent because of the Soubeyrans' local importance, Manon decides to take revenge.

The programme starts 30 minutes after doors open and the main feature 60 minutes after doors open.

A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier. With subtitles.

Doors open:

6:30pm Saturday 9th December 2023


Claude Berri


1h 53m
Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Emmanuelle Béart
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