The Well-Digger's Daughter
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Twenty-five years after rising to international acclaim in Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, Daniel Auteuil returns to the world of Marcel Pagnol for his first work as director with this celebrated remake of the 1940s classic. Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia (the luminous Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascal dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe (Kad Merad). But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascal is left to contend with the consequences. An exquisitely crafted, sun-drenched melodrama, set to a score by Academy Award-nominee Alexandre Desplat (The King's Speech),The Well-Digger's Daughter captures all the warmth and humanist spirit of Pagnol's original work.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 40
- Fresh: 36
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The Well-Digger's Daughter pushes a number of nostalgia buttons at once, most of them pleasing.
Fresh: Let "The Well-Digger's Daughter" take you back in time, not once but several times over.
Fresh: Doesn't give us reason to assume that what we don't see is much more scandalous than what we do.
Fresh: Auteuil is hardly the first to sing the praises of Provence, but he sings with a passion eloquent enough to give nostalgia a good name.
I am not really a foreign film type, but this movie captured my attention from start of finish. A complex story, beautiful setting, and characters that will keep you entertained.
Terrific movie, well acted and beautiful cinematography!
Lovely movie that captures the atmosphere of Provence and plunges you into Marcel Pagnol's universe. Daniel Auteuil is once again brilliant in this type of role. Loved it, the acting and the beautiful setting will take you to a happy place