The Well-Digger's Daughter Reviews

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
October 4, 2012
Auteuil's direction is a lot like his acting -- well-mannered and likable, yet staid and ultimately inconsequential.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 16, 2012
Ultimately comes off as curiously anecdotal, lacking the dramatic dynamism that could give Marcel Pagnol's tale new life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 19, 2012
A pastoral wrapped in gauze, sunlight and sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
Remake lacks the power of context
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
July 17, 2012
Doesn't give us reason to assume that what we don't see is much more scandalous than what we do.
Don Groves
February 29, 2012
Auteuil shines in bucolic French melodrama about filial love and forgiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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July 19, 2012
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.
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Alonso Duralde
July 19, 2012
An unchallenging but utterly palatable movie to take your subtitle-reading grandma to see on a Sunday afternoon.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 27, 2012
The countryside of high Provence is a major character all its own.
Jordan Hoffman
July 23, 2012
I mean, if egocentric, short-sighted, emotionally crippling fathers aren't going to fight for their daughters' hymens WHO WILL!?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 16, 2012
Think of it as a pretty good, French-language bucolic entry in PBS' "Masterpiece" franchise and you'll be fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 31, 2012
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
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
April 28, 2011
Daniel Auteuil offers a crowd-pleasing remake of a Marcel Pagnol classic.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 19, 2012
[It's] enjoyable enough as it plods along, and the final act wraps things up on a fulfilling note.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
July 18, 2012
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" transports the viewer to the smells, rhythms, and social constraints of a France that no longer exists.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
July 20, 2012
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.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
December 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 19, 2012
Auteuil has a very classical touch behind the camera...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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