It has on it Gérard Depardieu in a field of red carnations, looking rather pleased with his life. Yves Montand looks on, moustachioed and with a walking stick.
"Aha," I think. "A film about the French countryside, in which people are gruff and life is rather hard, but the wine is good so it's more or less all right." French film, while enigmatic and often depressing, has its points. I might as well try Jean de Florette.
I mean, what does M. Depardieu in a field of red carnations say to you? Does it say, "All his crops will fail"? Does it say, "He doesn't even grow carnations"? Does it say, "Yves Montand deliberately plugs up the spring on his land so he will be driven to the edge of madness"? Most importantly, does it say, "He will die of trauma to the cervical vertebrae, caused by complications from use of dynamite in desperate attempts to locate a water source"?
It didn't say those things to me, either.