• 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

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
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
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
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
John Anderson
Newsday
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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
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
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
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
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
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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: TheWrap

July 19, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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You feel yourself slowing down and relaxing as you watch; there's nothing rushed or crowded about this film, just a quiet story carefully told.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2012
Ella Taylor
NPR
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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
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The Well-Digger's Daughter pushes a number of nostalgia buttons at once, most of them pleasing.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

July 18, 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
Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
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The humanist spirit of Gallic novelist-director Marcel Pagnol is alive and well in the old-fashionedly sincere The Well-Digger's Daughter.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 16, 2012
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
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
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
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