Lunchtime Movie Review

Manon of the Spring (1986)
Manon des Sources

Episode #105

DD Productions released Manon des Sources to theaters on December 4, 1987. Claude Berri directed the film starring Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, and Daniel Auteuil.

Manon des Sources Movie Summary

Manon of the Spring is the second part of the Jean de Florette story. A young girl named Manon is the daughter of Jean from the previous film. She lives near Les Romarins where her father’s old farm was located. Manon now lives with elderly squatters. They teach Manon how to live off the land, and she is quite self-sufficient tending to her animals. Since the death of Jean, his old neighbors, Ugolin and Cesar have a built a profitable carnations business using the spring that they hid from Jean.

One day, Ugolin spots Manon bathing nude out in the woods. He develops an instant crush on the girl, and tries to put the moves on her. Of course, Manon rejects him because of his involvement in her father’s breakdown. Thus begins Ugolin’s obsession with her. He eventually sews a ribbon that fell from Manon’s hair into his chest. Meanwhile, a schoolteacher named Bernard arrives to the village, and Manon takes an instant liking to him.

Eventually, Manon overhears some of the villagers talking about her father’s death. After he died, Manon’s mother sold the farm to Ugolin and Cesar dirt cheap. Manon later witnessed the men unplug the spring on that land. Ugolin and Cesar were the two who plugged the spring in the first place to drive down its worth. Manon realizes people in the village know about Ugolin and Cesar’s deceit, and remained silent because Cesar’s family is important in the village.

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DD Productions released Manon des Sources to theaters on December 4, 1987. Claude Berri directed the film starring Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, and Daniel Auteuil.

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