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 directorial debut, a celebrated remake of the 1940s classic. Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia (the luminous Astrid Berges-Frisbey), has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascal dreams of marrying her off to his loyal friend Felipe (Kad Merad). But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascale is left to contend with the consequences. An exquisitely crafted, sun-drenched melodrama, set to a score by Academy Award-nominee Alexandre Desplat (THE KING'S SPEECH), the film captures all the warmth and humanist spirit of Pagnol's original work.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The Well-Digger's Daughter pushes a number of nostalgia buttons at once, most of them pleasing.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 07.18.2012
Let "The Well-Digger's Daughter" take you back in time, not once but several times over.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 07.26.2012
Doesn't give us reason to assume that what we don't see is much more scandalous than what we do.Michael Nordine, Village Voice, 07.18.2012
Auteuil is hardly the first to sing the praises of Provence, but he sings with a passion eloquent enough to give nostalgia a good name.Ella Taylor, NPR, 07.19.2012