The Well Digger's Daughter

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.

Credits

Director:

  • Daniel Auteuil

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
  • Ilona Porte

Producer:

  • Alain Sarde

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