• 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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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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Auteuil's direction is a lot like his acting -- well-mannered and likable, yet staid and ultimately inconsequential.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 4, 2012
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Ultimately comes off as curiously anecdotal, lacking the dramatic dynamism that could give Marcel Pagnol's tale new life.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 16, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A pastoral wrapped in gauze, sunlight and sentimentality.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 19, 2012
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Remake lacks the power of context

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

October 20, 2012
Michael Nordine
Village Voice
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Doesn't give us reason to assume that what we don't see is much more scandalous than what we do.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 17, 2012
Don Groves

Auteuil shines in bucolic French melodrama about filial love and forgiveness.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 3/5

February 29, 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
Ella Taylor
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 19, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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An unchallenging but utterly palatable movie to take your subtitle-reading grandma to see on a Sunday afternoon.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

July 19, 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
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
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
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A film to enjoy away from the noise and chaos of most movies on offer, and while not relevant in some ways, certainly relevant as a note about the strengths and weaknesses of human nature

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 31, 2012
Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
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Daniel Auteuil offers a crowd-pleasing remake of a Marcel Pagnol classic.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 28, 2011
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
Cole Smithey

"The Well-Digger's Daughter" transports the viewer to the smells, rhythms, and social constraints of a France that no longer exists.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A-

July 18, 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
David Jenkins
Time Out New York
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[An] inauspicious but cheerfully populist directorial debut.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

December 7, 2011
David Jenkins
Time Out
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here's a broad appeal to be gleaned from its antiquated charm, modest focus and a clutch of ripe, old-school character turns, especially from Auteuil in the lead and French stalwarts Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Sabine Azéma.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2011
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A tour de force remake of Marcel Pagnol's 1940 film about love, loss, class, forgiveness, and transformation that come from the heart.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 5/5

February 24, 2012
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