La fille du puisatier

La fille du puisatier

The well-digger's daughter

Streaming Video - 2011 | French
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Adapted from the beloved French film and novel by Marcel Pagnol, the movie tells the sweeping saga of single father and well-digger Pascal Amoretti (Daniel Auteuil, Caché), who is raising a small army of young girls in the Provençal countryside. When his poor teenage daughter Patricia (the luminous Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) falls in love with the rich and dashing air force pilot Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle) and begins an illicit affair, she puts the family's reputation at risk. After Jacques is called into duty, Pascal has to make a heart-wrenching decision about the fate of his wayward child.

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 09, 2015

This film, with its outdated moral yardstick, starts very slow and you don't get to the gist of the story until half way through. So the first half, despite the beautiful countryside of the Provence, is a bit of a yearn. Things did pick up in the second half, eventually leading to a first-sad-and-then-(spoiler alert!)-happy ending. There are dislikeable characters in the film, and I am not sure the well-digger himself, with his bad temper and old-fashioned moral, should be in that category. In French with English subtitles.

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8217549
Sep 29, 2014

In 1930s southern France, a father is torn between his sense of honor and his deep love for his daughter when she gets in trouble with the wealthy son of a shopkeeper.

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CaptainHecto
Sep 28, 2014

The dyspeptic comment below says more about the reviewer than this movie. Daniel Auteuil was not doing this film 'to stay in the (commercial) game.' He is in fact working his way with enthusiasm through a new Pagnol cycle, and this film captures the bittersweet themes found in Pagnol's popular works. The plot is simple, sweet and obvious, but the film is none the worse for that. And as a bonus we get a lovely soundtrack featuring 'Core 'ngrato', a song which, despite its origins, fits this movie perfectly. Enjoy.

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empbee
Oct 24, 2013

A nice and enjoyable movie.

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BertBailey
Sep 07, 2013

Disappointing. If you want an unimaginative flick that ends with all going swimmingly well, this is for you. Pity when an industry caves to commercial interests and panders to lowest-common denominator principles to gain for itself an audience. This may be sadly inevitable, on second thought, if the audiences are really hungry for Disney fare. Daniel Auteuil, Kad Merad, Jean-Pierre Darroussin are in the cast, indeed, and how sad that Auteuil, who's got a respectable body of work behind him, has to play such parts to stay in the game. Darroussin was also in another Hollywoodish flick I saw: great potential spoiled by commercial hungers. Wail for the world's wrong.

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DrSK
May 22, 2013

Excellent! - Un film rafraîchissant par sa simplicité, qui parle d'amour, de famille, mais surtout d'honneur et de traditions dans une société « d'ancien régime ». Les valeurs avaient beau être différentes en apparence, les défis ne semblent pas si étrangers si l'on prend le temps de bien y penser.

d2013 Feb 28, 2013

Daniel Auteuil is great in this movie. Loved this movie. Enjoyable!

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zal
Dec 28, 2012

This won't win a Cesar nor a nomination from the Oscar nor BAFTA for Best Foreign Film. However, this would surely kudos from Billy Graham or the Vatican - no nudity, no sex, no cursing - just good old fashion early 20th century tales from the south of France. The great actors of contemporary French cinema - Daniel Auteuil, Kad Merad, Jean-Pierre Darroussin are in the cast! Entertaining!

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