The Well Diggers Daughter
A film by Daniel Auteuil
Starring Daniel Auteuil, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, and Nicolas Duvauchelle
An exquisitely crafted, sun-drenched melodrama, the film captures all the warmth and humanist spirit of Pagnol’s original work.
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 directorial debut, a celebrated remake of the 1940s classic. Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, 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, and Pascal dreams of marrying her off to his loyal friend Felipe (Kad Merad). But when she’s impregnated by a wealthy young pilot (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascale is left to contend with the consequences.
A perfectly packaged kickoff to actor-turned-director Daniel Auteuil’s reboot of four works by Marcel Pagnol, The Well-Digger’s Daughter is a polished, finely acted tale of love and class in the south of France. Auteuil does a terrific job in channeling Amoretti’s mix of straight-talking humor, workers’ pride and fatherly love.
—The Hollywood Reporter
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- 107 mins