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The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011)

La fille du puisatier (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 April 2011 (France)
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In 1930s southern France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper.

Director:

Daniel Auteuil

Writers:

Marcel Pagnol (early screenplay), Daniel Auteuil (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Auteuil ... Le Puisatier (Pascal Amoretti)
Kad Merad ... Félipe Rambert
Sabine Azéma ... Mme Mazel
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... M. Mazel
Nicolas Duvauchelle ... Jacques Mazel
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey ... Patricia Amoretti
Emilie Cazenave Emilie Cazenave ... Amanda
Marie-Anne Chazel ... Nathalie
Coline Bosso Coline Bosso ... Isabelle
Chloé Malarde Chloé Malarde ... Marie
Brune Coustellier Brune Coustellier ... Léonore
Ilona Porte Ilona Porte ... Roberte
Jean-Louis Barcelona Jean-Louis Barcelona ... Le commis
Patrick Bosso Patrick Bosso ... Le garçon
François-Eric Gendron François-Eric Gendron ... Le capitaine
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Storyline

Provence, the days before World War II. Rustic well-digger Pascal Amoretti, a widower, encourages fellow laborer Félipe Rambert to date his virgin eldest daughter Patricia, the only of his five who attended a Parish finishing school. Getting drunk, Felipe unwittingly helps her date wealthy general store owner Mazel's handsome, womanizing son, dashing air force pilot Jacques, who gives her a motorbike ride home, make love and get her pregnant. Shortly after, both men are called for military service. On leave, Felipe finds out the truth and still proposes. Jacques is reported missing in action, his family refuses to recognize the baby, so Pascal sends Patricia with it to his outcast sister. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 April 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Filha do Pai See more »

Filming Locations:

Brignoles, Var, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,273, 22 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$385,406, 17 March 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Jacques motorcycle is a Triumph Speed Twin 5T. See more »

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When Pascal visits her sister Nathalie to check on Patricia, Nathalie is heard humming Nina Rota's Romeo and Juliet theme, which wasn't written until 1968. See more »

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Remake of The Well-Digger's Daughter (1940) See more »

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MARCHE DES ENFANTS DE TROUPE
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© Gérard Billaudot Editeur
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Sweet and funny and beautiful, a very human tale told with love
15 April 2013 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Well Digger's Daughter (2011)

A drama set in the early 20th Century that ends up being about traditions and love and how two different kinds of families come to understand each other. While not a Romeo and Juliet story at all, it has that basic problem when two young people from different social realms fall in love.

What keeps this from becoming commonplace is the beauty of it all, including what I would call beautiful acting--heartfelt, nuanced, interesting. In a way it is the well digger, the dad played by Daniel Autueil who is the main character. He's a familiar face (if not name) to those who have seen a few French films, and he's wonderful. Though a practical man (he digs wells the old fashioned way for a living), he has a sense of dignity and honor that impresses even the rich family whose charming son has seduced the title character.

We feel no violation here, just the normal confused crossed-star love issues. War intrudes, and then the dreaded report from the front, and the families still have to cope together. For reasons you'll see.

Marcel Pagnol, the great mid-Century French writer whose story is the basis for this, was also a filmmaker, and you can feel a kind of homage or influence at play here, which adds yet another layer of appreciation.

It's also a really funny movie, one of the dramas that is so witty and warm you laugh along with the characters like you would your friends (assuming you have funny friends). I loved the whole experience. If it ends with a feeling like, okay, all is resolved one way or another, I guess that's fine. There is no epiphany here, but rather a sweet slice of life from a provincial time we'd love to never forget.


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