Well Digger's Daughter (1941) - Rotten Tomatoes

Well Digger's Daughter (1941)

Well Digger's Daughter (1941)

Well Digger's Daughter



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The Well-Digger's Daughter served to reunite star Raimu and writer/director Marcel Pagnol, who'd earlier scored an international hit with the "Marseilles trilogy" (Fanny, Marius, Cesar). The title character played by Josette Day, is impregnated by aviator George Gray. Her father, Raimu, orders Josette out of the house so that her younger sisters won't be likewise "corrupted". There's many a moment of pathos and hilarity before Raimu realizes the folly of his behavior. Filmed in 1940, just after France's acquiescence to their Nazi conquerors, The Well-Digger's Daughter didn't make it to the US until 1946. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Marcel Pagnol


as Pascal Amoretti
Josette Day
as Patricia Amoretti
as Felipe Rambert
Line Noro
as Marie Mazel
Georges Grey
as Jacques Mazel
Charles Blavette
as Le teinturier
Milly Mathis
as Nathalie
Marcel Maupi
as Le commis
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

For lovers of classical French cinema, and I am one, this earthy throwback is a whiff of lavender borne by the bracing winds of the mistral.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Marcel Pagnol's warm-hearted tales of peasant life defined the international image of French cinema before the war.

Full Review… | July 21, 2007
Chicago Reader
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The Welldigger's Daughter is just about the most delightful French comedy-drama that has come this way since the memorable The Baker's Wife.

Full Review… | July 21, 2007
New York Times
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This is enjoyable fluff and the perfect antidote to long winter nights.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Daily Mirror [UK]

You will need a slightly sweet tooth for this movie, as the ending is a little saccharine - but it is well made and well acted throughout.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011

Pagnol's story tops all the previous 'single mother' stories in his early career.

Full Review… | July 16, 2007
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