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The Well-Digger's Daughter Reviews

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March 20, 2013
Beautiful film on every level.
March 16, 2013
Retrouver du Pagnol dans la chair d'Auteuil. Excellent.
½ February 15, 2013
Breathtaking drama, as expected. Another Auteuil keeper.
February 4, 2013
not well played. could have been good but lack of actors will be make it good
January 20, 2013
An exquisite film, perfectly made, the story perfectly told. Auteuil takes his place as one of the greatest actor/directors in the history of film.
½ January 15, 2013
What a beautiful and picturesque love story! Bravo!!
½ January 12, 2013
A love story from a time when respect and respectability prevailed. Astrid Berges-Frisbey is positively enchanting, and the love story is not only between her and her "rich" beau but between her and her provincial father.
January 12, 2013
What a nice surprise to find an excellent re-make of Marcel Pagnol's classic film. The trauma of an unwanted pregnancy upon a lower middle class family is very moving and makes you realize the hardship on a decent family because of the social impact during the early part of the century. This brings to mind the harrowing theme of ORANGES AND SUNSHINE, another excellent film that deals with the injustices to the children of an unwanted pregnancy. The most interesting aspect of THE WELL DIGGER'S DAUGHTER is the reconciliation at the end between the upper and lower middle classes. An important lessen which is much needed today. Only problem with the film is the too small English subtitles which are almost impossible to read even on a 52 inch Sony. These should have been re-done to be easily readable of the smaller screen as they are okay for theatres but nearly impossible to read on a television screen.
½ January 6, 2013
Cute story and charmingly told, but the unbelievability of the couple's ardor and the woeful misogyny of the father distracted me terribly.
January 4, 2013
Can't wait! Pagnol is my favorite French writer & Daniel Auteuil is a wonderful actor.
January 2, 2013
Want to see this at the city cinema!
December 29, 2012
looks interesting, i want to see it
November 4, 2012
A slice of rural French life and its morals and values, which are rudely interrupted and changed forever by war. Beautifully shot, great character actors, a very enjoyable couple of hours.
October 26, 2012
I enjoyed this movie. It is beautifully filmed. Many of the outdoor scenes are very attractive. The movie has the look of a film made in the 40s or 50s. It seems to be set abt the time of the beginning of WWI. All of the major actors are competent, to very good.

The story is fairly predictable. Its a simple romantic comedy. But, the unfolding of the story is still entertaining. The director, and lead actor, is Daniel Auteuil. He is in virtually every scene, and is very good as the well-digger of the title, Pascal. The daughter of the title is Patricia (Astrid B-Frisbey). She gives a subtle, believable performance.

Some problems arise w/ some of the other actors. Another daughter appears much older than her nominal teenage years. Pascals younger, employee/apprentice, appears much older than Patricia and does not fit very well into his part. The supposedly, dashing and handsome pilot, Jacque Mazel, is slight of build, a bit short; and is not particularly handsome.

The story revolves around the unwed pregnancy of Patricia. This event is rendered in such an oblique manner; it is not clear that any love-making has occurred. It is surprising that a European film about physical passion, would be rendered in such a conservative way.

It was an OK trip to the flics. It could have been better.
October 19, 2012
I want to see it so bad
September 25, 2012
i want to buy this one
September 20, 2012
Beautiful movie! Daniel Auteuil is superb.
September 3, 2012
Absolutely LOVED this beautiful feel-good movie. I want to see it over & over. And prob will!
September 3, 2012
loved manon de la source can't wait to see this one
August 24, 2012
They just don't make movies like this anymore, it was just so refreshing and timeless. I really loved all the characters, even when they were wrong, they were all so sincere and interesting.
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