The Well-Digger's Daughter (2012)
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Twenty-five years after rising to international acclaim in Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, Daniel Auteuil returns to the world of Marcel Pagnol for his first work as director with this celebrated remake of the 1940s classic. Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascale, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia (the luminous Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters,
Jul 20, 2012 Limited
Dec 24, 2012
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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.
Auteuil's direction is a lot like his acting -- well-mannered and likable, yet staid and ultimately inconsequential.
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.
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" is perhaps a bit too sentimental. But the performances are so heartfelt that its occasional excesses are easily forgiven.
It's classical moviemaking of a sort rarely seen now, a love story of surprising joy with rounded, flawed but humane characters.
What resonates is a sense of humanity that sometimes gets lost in films with less regard for traditional storytelling, or respect for simple emotion.
Think of it as a pretty good, French-language bucolic entry in PBS' "Masterpiece" franchise and you'll be fine.
The jewel at the heart of the piece is Berges-Frisbey -- the ravishing mermaid Syrena in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
Despite a verbose script and the kneejerk sexism of Pascal, the visual beauty and narrative simplicity make the film a pleasure.
Audience Reviews for The Well-Digger's Daughter
- Felipe Rambert: Maybe I don't have honor, but I have love. One can replace the other.
- Pascal Amoretti: I see now that it's wise to be weary of people who sell tools but never use them.
- Pascal Amoretti: She's a princess, see?
- Pascal Amoretti: Can you see yourself wed to a princess?
- Pascal Amoretti: She isn't a daughter, she's a treasure from the Good Lord.
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