This has been in my mind since I watched "Manon des Sources" last night. It's pt II of "Jean de Florette" that I watched about 6 months ago. I'd delayed watching the second part as I was outraged at the ending of part 1 (really!). Anyway, I'm wondering if any films these days ever end unhappy. Closest approach to a sad end I can think of is "Saving Private Ryan", but even that's more of a heroic end. Is a happy ending essential?