The Well-Digger's Daughter
The Well-Digger's Daughter (2012)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

"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.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The Well-Digger's Daughter" is perhaps a bit too sentimental. But the performances are so heartfelt that its occasional excesses are easily forgiven.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Remake lacks the power of context

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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader

Auteuil's direction is a lot like his acting -- well-mannered and likable, yet staid and ultimately inconsequential.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's classical moviemaking of a sort rarely seen now, a love story of surprising joy with rounded, flawed but humane characters.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The countryside of high Provence is a major character all its own.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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John Anderson

What resonates is a sense of humanity that sometimes gets lost in films with less regard for traditional storytelling, or respect for simple emotion.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Think of it as a pretty good, French-language bucolic entry in PBS' "Masterpiece" franchise and you'll be fine.

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Jim Hunter
After a lower class man's daughter becomes pregnant, he must reconcile the mores of his time with his love for his family. Daniel Auteuil's… More
Amy Amy
QUICK PREMISE: In 1940 France, a widowed-father with 5 daughters is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his daughter (who he thinks is an… More
Mark Abell
I really enjoyed the story of a proud man dealing with the shame of a daughter who winds up paying dearly for a single mistake. This was a well done film, with… More
Walter M.
I would be the first person to say that Daniel Auteuil has earned a right to direct a film with his long track record of superb performances. But why did he… More