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The Well-Digger's Daughter
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, and Pascale dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe (Kad Merad). But when she's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""The Well-Digger's Daughter" is perhaps a bit too sentimental. But the performances are so heartfelt that its occasional excesses are easily forgiven."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Remake lacks the power of context"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Strong pedigree pushes 'Well Digger's Daughter' to the top."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"I mean, if egocentric, short-sighted, emotionally crippling fathers aren't going to fight for their daughters' hymens WHO WILL!?"
‑ Jordan Hoffman,
"Auteuil's direction is a lot like his acting -- well-mannered and likable, yet staid and ultimately inconsequential."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"It's classical moviemaking of a sort rarely seen now, a love story of surprising joy with rounded, flawed but humane characters."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The countryside of high Provence is a major character all its own."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The jewel at the heart of the piece is Berges-Frisbey -- the ravishing mermaid Syrena in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.""
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"What resonates is a sense of humanity that sometimes gets lost in films with less regard for traditional storytelling, or respect for simple emotion."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Think of it as a pretty good, French-language bucolic entry in PBS' "Masterpiece" franchise and you'll be fine."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Despite a verbose script and the kneejerk sexism of Pascal, the visual beauty and narrative simplicity make the film a pleasure."
‑ Peg Aloi, Boston Phoenix
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