• Unrated, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Daniel Auteuil
    In Theaters:
    Jul 20, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Dec 24, 2012
  • Kino Lorber Films


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The Well-Digger's Daughter Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: B+

February 28, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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"The Well-Digger's Daughter" isn't a mind-blower; it's not supposed to be. It's a light lunch with an old friend whom it's good to see again.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

October 12, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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To call "The Well Digger's Daughter" an old-fashioned film is to pay it a compliment. Here is a love story embedded in traditional values.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 4, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The countryside of high Provence is a major character all its own.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 27, 2012
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"The Well-Digger's Daughter" is perhaps a bit too sentimental. But the performances are so heartfelt that its occasional excesses are easily forgiven.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's classical moviemaking of a sort rarely seen now, a love story of surprising joy with rounded, flawed but humane characters.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

August 16, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Think of it as a pretty good, French-language bucolic entry in PBS' "Masterpiece" franchise and you'll be fine.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2012
John Anderson
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What resonates is a sense of humanity that sometimes gets lost in films with less regard for traditional storytelling, or respect for simple emotion.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

August 10, 2012
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Patricia and Jean-Pierre Darroussin are almost enchanting, but it is Auteuil, entering a new career as mature actor-director, whom we want to cheer.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

August 8, 2012
James Verniere
Boston Herald

Strong pedigree pushes 'Well Digger's Daughter' to the top.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B plus

July 27, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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"The Well-Digger's Daughter" feels decidedly, almost defiantly, old-fashioned, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's the first film directed by the actor Daniel Auteuil, as part of a four-film project to remake films by the writer-director Marcel Pagnol, and if the others are this good, this is a project to look forward to.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Let "The Well-Digger's Daughter" take you back in time, not once but several times over.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2012
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

The jewel at the heart of the piece is Berges-Frisbey -- the ravishing mermaid Syrena in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2012
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Auteuil the director knows not to get in the way of Pagnol's plot machinery. Auteuil the actor is another story.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 26, 2012
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix

Despite a verbose script and the kneejerk sexism of Pascal, the visual beauty and narrative simplicity make the film a pleasure.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2012
Jordan Hoffman

I mean, if egocentric, short-sighted, emotionally crippling fathers aren't going to fight for their daughters' hymens WHO WILL!?

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 23, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's a movie that could easily have been made 50 years ago, and I don't mean that as a knock. There is much to be said for a film that values unflashy craft and simple, unhurried storytelling.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

July 20, 2012
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
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Even as you wish the material had been reshaped into something riskier, you may find yourself appreciating the sincerity and unshowy workmanship that went into the movie.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

July 20, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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[It's] enjoyable enough as it plods along, and the final act wraps things up on a fulfilling note.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 19, 2012
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