• 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

The Well-Digger's Daughter Reviews

Tom Long
Detroit News
Top Critic
October 12, 2012

"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 | Original Score: B
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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October 4, 2012

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

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 17, 2012

"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 | Original Score: 3/4
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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August 16, 2012

It's classical moviemaking of a sort rarely seen now, a love story of surprising joy with rounded, flawed but humane characters.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Anderson
Newsday
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August 10, 2012

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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August 8, 2012

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.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
July 26, 2012

"The Well-Digger's Daughter" feels decidedly, almost defiantly, old-fashioned, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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July 26, 2012

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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July 26, 2012

Let "The Well-Digger's Daughter" take you back in time, not once but several times over.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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July 26, 2012

Auteuil the director knows not to get in the way of Pagnol's plot machinery. Auteuil the actor is another story.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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July 20, 2012

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 | Original Score: B+
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
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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.

Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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July 19, 2012

A pastoral wrapped in gauze, sunlight and sentimentality.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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July 19, 2012

An unchallenging but utterly palatable movie to take your subtitle-reading grandma to see on a Sunday afternoon.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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July 19, 2012

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Ella Taylor
NPR
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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.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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July 18, 2012

The Well-Digger's Daughter pushes a number of nostalgia buttons at once, most of them pleasing.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Nordine
Village Voice
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July 17, 2012

Doesn't give us reason to assume that what we don't see is much more scandalous than what we do.

Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
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July 16, 2012

The humanist spirit of Gallic novelist-director Marcel Pagnol is alive and well in the old-fashionedly sincere The Well-Digger's Daughter.

David Jenkins
Time Out
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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
David Jenkins
Time Out New York
Top Critic
December 7, 2011

[An] inauspicious but cheerfully populist directorial debut.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
April 28, 2011

Daniel Auteuil offers a crowd-pleasing remake of a Marcel Pagnol classic.