Sun 26 November 2:00pm
Director: Claude Berri
Cast: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil
In French with English subtitles
Screening as part of a selection of films from the 25th edition of the French Film Festival UK, celebrating French and francophone cinema.
Gérard Depardieu stars in the most successful French film of the 1980s. Set after the First World War, the film follows Jean, a tax collector from the city who inherits a small farm in the sun-drenched hills of Provence, and ends up in a battle with his wily neighbours over a valuable natural spring.
In a rural French village an old man and his only remaining relative cast their covetous eyes on an adjoining vacant property. They need its spring water for growing their flowers, so are dismayed to hear the man who has inherited it is moving in. They block up the spring and watch as their new neighbour tries to keep his crops watered from wells far afield through the hot summer. Though they see his desperate efforts are breaking his health and his wife and daughter’s hearts they think only of getting the water.