The Well-Digger's Daughter (La fille du puisatier)
The Well-Digger's Daughter (La fille du puisatier) (1946)

The Well-Digger's Daughter served to reunite star Raimu and writer/director Marcel Pagnol, who'd earlier scored an international hit with the "Marseilles trilogy" (Fanny, Marius, Cesar). The title character played by… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 28, 1946
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

For lovers of classical French cinema, and I am one, this earthy throwback is a whiff of lavender borne by the bracing winds of the mistral.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

This is enjoyable fluff and the perfect antidote to long winter nights.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Marcel Pagnol's warm-hearted tales of peasant life defined the international image of French cinema before the war.

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Peter Bradshaw

You will need a slightly sweet tooth for this movie, as the ending is a little saccharine - but it is well made and well acted throughout.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The Welldigger's Daughter is just about the most delightful French comedy-drama that has come this way since the memorable The Baker's Wife.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Pagnol's story tops all the previous 'single mother' stories in his early career.

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