Only one man, a poacher, remains in a village situated in a remote region of Provence, until the arrival of a cabaret singer, pulling a cart for the knife-grinder who has picked her up. Together, they begin to plant a new life in the dying village’s rich soil.
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It may only really be a bit of back-to-the-soil wish fulfillment by Provençal writers Pagnol and Jean Giono, but keeps the sentiment in check and ends up being a much finer picture than its first half leads one to believe. Builds real power once it nixes the antics of comedian Fernandel for its rural romance, and while it's not difficult to guess how it's going to end, it has a mighty graceful way of getting there.
I saw this film once many years ago but it stayed with me. I remember it being one of the most romantic and tender films I have ever seen. This and Borzage's "Man's Castle" might make a good double bill for Valentine's Day.