Jean de Florette

Jean de Florette

121 minutes

DVD in French with English and Spanish subtitles.

French Lesson Plan

Introduction: Introduce your students to the classic French film "Jean de Florette" with our comprehensive lesson plan. Directed by Claude Berri, this cinematic masterpiece explores themes of ambition, deception, and perseverance, making it an excellent resource for language learning and cultural exploration.

Film Summary: Set amidst the rugged hills of Provence, "Jean de Florette" follows the heroic efforts of Jean Cadoret (Gérard Depardieu) who inherits a farm from his mother, Florette, and leaves his city job behind, hoping to create a "new Eden" with his wife and daughter. Unbeknownst to Jean, his greedy neighbor, César Soubeyran (Yves Montand), is plotting to steal the land out from under him. With the help of a corrupt nephew (Daniel Auteuil), the clannish villagers, and the added effects of a severe drought, César hatches a wicked scheme that drives Jean to the brink of madness. The story continues in the powerful sequel, "Manon des sources."

Additional Details: Released in 1986, "Jean de Florette" stars Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, and Daniel Auteuil. The film won the César Award for Best Actor for Daniel Auteuil. The DVD includes French audio with English and Spanish subtitles, making it ideal for language learners. The film’s exploration of rural life, ambition, and deception provides a rich educational experience.

Suggested Dates for Classroom Use:

  • October 16: Yves Montand’s birthday
  • December 27: Gérard Depardieu’s birthday
  • February 24: Anniversary of the film’s release
  • March 1: César Awards, discussing the film’s accolades

Conclusion: Using "Jean de Florette" in your classroom enhances language skills while providing insights into themes of ambition, rural life, and human nature. This lesson plan includes structured activities, discussion questions, and cultural notes to enrich the learning experience. Created for teachers, by teachers, our comprehensive lesson plans ensure you have all the resources needed for an engaging and educational classroom experience. IMDB

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Director: Claude Berri

Cast: Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil

Audio: DVD in French with English and Spanish subtitles.

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