Jean de Florette (1986)

The Regal’s Foreign Film series presents the acclaimed French film Jean de Florette.

Co-adapted by director Claude Berri from a novel by Marcel Pagnol, this hugely successful French historical drama concerns a bizarre battle royale over a valuable natural spring in a remote French farming community.

City dweller Jean Cadoret (GĂ©rard Depardieu) assumes ownership of the spring when the original owner is accidentally killed by covetous farmer Cesar Soubeyran (Yves Montand). Soubeyran and his equally disreputable nephew Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) pull every dirty trick in the book to force Cadoret off his land.

Jean de Florette won four BAFTA awards including Best Cinematography, Best Film and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Daniel Auteuil.

This film is in French with English subtitles.

“Berri has directed with tact and feeling” – Variety