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  • Summary: Eponymous well-digger, Pascale, is a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia, has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascale dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe. But whenEponymous well-digger, Pascale, is a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia, has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascale dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe. But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascale is left to contend with the consequences. (Kino Lorber) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Oct 3, 2012
    88
    The Well Digger's Daughter is such a success that Auteuil has already been signed to direct three more Pagnol classics, and I eagerly want to see them.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Jul 16, 2012
    80
    A polished, finely acted tale of love and class in the south of France.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jul 27, 2012
    80
    Best of all "Daughter" marks a return to old-school French moviemaking, the kind of classically well-made endeavor that unrolls before us like a beloved tapestry. This is the kind of film they don't make anymore, only here it is.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 18, 2012
    75
    The Well-Digger's Daughter pushes a number of nostalgia buttons at once, most of them pleasing.
  5. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Jul 16, 2012
    70
    The humanist spirit of Gallic novelist-director Marcel Pagnol is alive and well in the old-fashionedly sincere The Well-Digger's Daughter, a competent remake of Pagnol's eponymous 1940 melodrama about a working-class girl impregnated by a young pilot who's sent off to war.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 20, 2012
    63
    Like Provence itself, Auteuil is in no hurry to get anywhere, reveling instead in the southern region's brilliant light and whispering crickets. His tangy accent and evident fondness for his character make the picture enjoyable enough as it plods along, and the final act wraps things up on a fulfilling note.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Jul 17, 2012
    40
    Bergès-Frisbey and Duvauchelle make for a deliciously ripe pair - their cheekbones defy both gravity and sound facial architecture - but Auteuil is less interested in young lust than old world values.

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