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20 March 1925 (France) See more »
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Catherine Hessling ... Virginia Rosaert
Charlotte Clasis ... Madame Maubien
Pierre Champagne ... Justin Crepoix
Maurice Touzé ... La Fuine
Georges Térof ... Monsieur Raynal
Madame Fockenberghe ... Madame Raynal
Harold Levingston ... Georges Raynal
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
André Derain ... Patron du 'Bon Coin'
Van Doren ... Young lover
Pierre Lestringuez ... Jef
Henriette Moret ... La Roussette
Pierre Renoir ... Farmer

Directed by
Jean Renoir 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pierre Lestringuez 

Produced by
Jean Renoir .... producer
Cinematography by
Jean Bachelet 
Alphonse Gibory 
Set Decoration by
Jean Renoir 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Champagne .... assistant director

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Also Known As:
"La fille de l'eau" - France (original title)
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71 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Although a simple story, it's gorgeously filmed and directed--and well worth seeing., 14 July 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This film is from the DVD collection from Criterion and it's the earliest of the films by director Jean Renoir in the package. Naturally, being made in 1925 it's a silent film--and it's really one of the better ones from the era. Now this is not because the story has a huge budget or complex plot. No, it's very simple and direct. But, it also is masterfully composed--with some wonderful film work and lots of skill in such a young director.

The story begins with a young lady (Catherine Hessling) living on a barge with her father and uncle. When the father unexpectedly dies, her life falls to pieces as the uncle is scum--complete and total scum. She flees for her life and to avoid being raped and lands in the lap of a 'bohemian' (in this case, really just a thief who shuns work) and you know she can do better. However, when the bohemian and his mother take off, Hessling is all alone and without any resources. What will become of her? Tune in and see for yourself.

The film works well for some reasons other than just the fine direction and cinematography. Hessling's amazing eyes really catch your attention. They practically glow and really give her a gorgeous expression. Also, all the nice location shooting in the countryside was terrific--like a window into a lost way of life. Well worth seeing and well-constructed.

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