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New Orleans Film Society

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

FRANCE 107 min.

Director
Daniel Auteuil
Writer
Marcel Pagnol
Producer
Alain Sarde
Director of Photography
Jean-François Robin
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Synopsis

Daniel Auteuil (star of Claude Berri’s adaptations of Marcel Pagnol’s Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring) makes his directorial debut with this affectionate remake of a Pagnol classic. The sun-soaked melodrama stars Auteuil as Pascal Amoretti, a hard-working well-digger who is raising six girls on his own, after the death of his wife. Holding a special place in his heart is his beautiful eldest daughter, 18-year-old Patricia (the luminous Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), who has come home from school in Paris to help care for her sisters. Patricia soon catches the eye of Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle), the playboy son of a rich storekeeper. Their attraction quickly blossoms into something more, and when Jacques, a pilot, is suddenly called away to fight in the Great War, Patricia is left alone to face the consequences of their passion. Upon learning that he is about to become a grandfather, Pascal is torn between honor and his love for his daughter. Beautifully shot in the Provence countryside, the film captures all the warmth and humanist spirit of Pagnol’s original work.