Emmanuelle Beart began her career at an early age, and her first significant role was in Demain les Momes (1976). After a stint as an au pair in Montreal, Beart met Robert Altman by chance, and Altman wanted to use her in one of his films. He encouraged her to pursue acting and she went back to France to take drama classes. Her breakthrough role was as Jean de Florette’s vengeful daughter in Manon des Sources (1986).
The film is a follow-up to the classic French drama Jean de Florette, but less of a sequel than a continuation. It follows a young shepherdess as she grows into a woman and vows revenge on her scheming neighbor. But she soon realizes that her neighbor’s deeds shaped the course of her life. The movie reflects an ironic twist on the life-changing consequences of deceit.