Poetic, endearing, heartbreaking. the second part of Jean de Florette's tragedy deals with the consequences of the greed and hypocresy shown among the villagers in the first part and how it affects their lives. Some surprising things come up as well. I never thought that not only the characters, but myself as well, would all be changing our indignation and contempt for forgiveness.
Didn't expect that second part would be so great. Verdi's overture played with harmonica says it all about the tragic destinies of movie's characters. Thank you, Claude Berri, for the greatest French epic.
Manon lacks the dynamique of Jean, the meticulously devised story arc, and a raving Gérard Depardieu, but all that pointed out, Manon can still be regarded as a worthy second part that ends up connecting all the dots of the story in a satisfactory fashion.
"Today you are all steeped in faith. But God knows that your piety is due to your spring, and that your prayers are merely pleas for your beans, orisons for your tomatoes, hallelujahs for your potatoes, and hosannas for your marrows!"