In week three of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s French Film Classics: A Sense of Place, moviegoers are whisked away to
scenic, sleepy Provence in Claude Berri’s Jean de Florette.
You’d think the 1986 picture (with Yves Montand and Gerard Depardieu) would be a light and whimsical affair, much like 2001’s Amélie. Au contraire. Depardieu and Montand star as a scheming nephew and uncle who will stop at nothing to acquire a neighboring farm; their tactics include murder and intrigue.
Even after heartache and tragedy, goodness prevails in Jean de Florette’s sequel, Manon des Sources, which you’ll have to rent on your own.
Presented in French with English subtitles, today’s 2:30 p.m. screening at the museum’s Atkins Auditorium (4525 Oak) is free to the public, although tickets are required. Call
Jean de Florette
Sun., Aug. 19, 2:30 p.m.