The Well Digger's Daughter

Rated NR 107 minutes 2011

The rural France in Daniel Auteuil’s The Well Digger’s Daughter looks and feels much older than the 1940 it projects. Auteuil plays a single father of six whose eldest—the titular daughter—could hold the key to better fortunes for the family. He would like to marry his daughter off to a financially stable, middle-aged co-worker, but Patricia (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) has fallen in love with a pilot who has been called into active duty … and left her behind with his unborn child. The look inside the cultural mores sets the boundaries, and Auteuil’s performance and script (based on a book and film by French icon Marcel Pagnol) are the touchstones for a story and movie that would be pretty disposable without them.

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Director: Daniel Auteuil

Producer: Alain Sarde

Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Kad Merad, Sabine Azéma, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Marie-Anne Chazel, Emilie Cazenave, Coline Bosso, Chloé Malarde, Brune Coustellier and Ilona Porte

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