Manon's revenge

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German title Manon's revenge
Original title Manon des sources
Country of production France , Italy
original language French
Publishing year 1986
length 113 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Claude Berri
script Claude Berri,
Gérard Brach
production Pierre Grunstein
music Jean-Claude Petit
camera Bruno Nuytten
cut Hervé de Luze

←  Predecessor
Jean de Florette

Manon's Vengeance (original title: Manon des sources ) is the second part of the French novel adaptation The Waters of the Hills based on Marcel Pagnol from 1986. The first part is called Jean de Florette .


Manon has now become a pretty adult girl and lives as a shepherdess in the hills. Ugolin and Papet are successful with their carnation cultivation . The new teacher Bernard lives in the village. He hikes the Provencal hills and is watched by Manon. The girl falls in love with the preppy young man. Ugolin goes hunting regularly and again observes Manon. He falls in love with the girl, which at the same time causes him remorse. By chance, Manon finds the spring that supplies the village with water. By chance she overheard two villagers and learned that everyone in the village knew about the spring on their father's land and was thus complicit in his death. After finding the source, she decides to block it, just as Papet and Ugolin had done with the source on their father's property. Suddenly the village stands without water. Ugolin not only panics because of his mania for love, now his carnations also threaten to be destroyed. The villagers hear in the priest's sermon during Sunday mass that there is a crime in the village. Almost everyone knows that this refers to Ugolin and Papet. A procession is supposed to remedy the situation and Manon is supposed to take part as an orphan. At first she refuses. However, when she accuses Ugolin and Papet in front of the assembled village of being responsible for the death of her father, Bernard becomes involved in the prehistory. Together with Bernard she frees the spring from the blockage and during the procession the village well is filled with water again. Ugolin takes his own life because he now knows that Manon will never marry him.

Manon and Bernard get married while Papet mourns Ugolin's grave. An old blind lady tells Papet about a letter that his lifelong love Florette wrote to him while he was in the military in Africa. He had never received that letter. He now learns that Florette was pregnant and that Jean de Florette was his son. Manon is his granddaughter. The old paper is now losing all courage to face life. In his will he bequeathed all of his fortune to Manon and confessed the whole story to her. After doing this, he gets dressed up and lies down in his bed, where he is found dead by his housekeeper the next morning.


“Through the careful and predominantly cheerful portrayal of village life, everything dark is removed from the subject; the sequel film sometimes sags into the melodramatic rumble of a village sway and only gives an idea of ​​tragic dimensions towards the end. "


The harmonica theme is played by jazz virtuoso Toots Thielemans .


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Manon's Revenge. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used