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A film which idealizes the landscape and the lifestyle of "authentic" peasants in the early 20th century, the film traces Manon's search for revenge against the Soubeyran who through their blocking of the stream on her father's land unintentionally caused his death. She falls for the new instituteur Bernard who sees her whilst he is searching for geological specimens. At the same time the pathetic Ugolin Soubeyran courts her in the most ridiculous manner, a process varying between the hilarious and the toe-curling. The biggest surprise is reserved for the last scene of the film which confirms the tragic nature of the film. An interesting film to study from the point of view of stereotypes of the peasantry to the relationship between countryside dwellers and their precious environment.