Directed by Daniel Auteuil
US release date: July 20, 2012


The Well Digger’s Daughter is the directorial debut of master screen actor Daniel Auteuil (Caché, Jean de Floret, Manon of the Spring), who stars in the film alongside the luminous rising French starlet Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jean-Pierre Darroussin (Le Havre), Sabine Azéma and Nicolas Duvauchelle. Auteuil’s celebrated remake of Marcel Pagnol’s eponymous 1940 film transcends homage giving us a new French cinema classic in its own right.
In this sprawling, bucolic World War I drama set in the rich countryside of Provence, Auteuil embodies the tender and rugged character of Pascale Amoretti, a widower and father to six girls, the eldest and most beautiful of whom is 18-year-old Patricia, played with impeccable grace and innocence by Bergès-Frisbey. The de facto mother of her five younger sisters, Patricia is described by Pascale as her daddy’s princess, ripe for a prince. But as Pascale tries to arrange a marriage for his beloved daughter with the humble, middle-aged Felipe, Patricia is slowly swept away by the charms of Jacques Mazel, the town’s rich young fighter pilot and Adonis.
When Jacques is drafted to the front in the dead of night and Patricia finds herself pregnant, Pascale is left to contend with the consequences of their passion as provincial social norms taint a once happy life. The affluent Mazels accuse the Amorettis of trying to steal their fortune, but when young Jacques goes missing on the frontlines, the rich merchants reconsider their rebuff of the family who is now raising their son’s only child.
As the war marches on, an almost Shakespearean plot twist reverses their collective misfortune – with the promise of a joyous outcome.
An exquisitely crafted tale of love, reconciliation and redemption, Auteuil once again captures and exalts Pagnol’s humanistic spirit with The Well Digger’s Daughter.

THE WELL DIGGER’S DAUGHTER opens in the US July 20, 2012. Check your local listings for showtimes & places. 

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