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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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Renoir's Great Film Debut, 17 May 2006

"La Fille De L'Eau" is Jean Renoir's first film; Renoir is very well recognized by the longhaired generation, due especially to his sound period; this is a youthful film, and we all know how bold the longhaired are during their early lives..

A melodramatic air can be noted in the film's storyline; it tells the story of Damen Gudule (characterized by the director's muse, Catherine Hessling) a girl who goes through many and varied misfortunes, the sad details of which this aristocrat will enumerate.

Gudule works with her father and uncle in a scow, up and down river (first disgrace: a girl working, and to makes matters worse, in such a vulgar place); when her father accidentally drowns, her uncle tries to abuse the poor little orphan.

Weary of this harassment, Gudule runs away and leaves the scow behind, uncle included, and joins a group of low life people (the lady reads cards and the boy is a petty thief, occupations not very commendable especially the lady's one); due to Gudule's unlimited charms she soon attracts another undesirable suitor but the petty thief rescues her honor. When the little orphan rejects the young pursuer's further indecent proposals, the rejected scoundrel, helped by some neighbors, decides to burn the wagon of her new family.

Alone, without wagon or family (they ran away during the fire), the tragic Gudule's destiny becomes bleaker still with the reappearance of her uncle, who asks her to finance his pitiful life. The hapless young woman then is instructed to rob the house where she is now working and where she has attracted the young Master (another mishap; the intimacy between different social classes)

The young Master, when he discovers that his dearly beloved has been extorted by her uncle, decides they must get rid of such an unrepresentable family member and defeats the evil uncle in a tough fight; Gudule's new heartthrob takes the young woman with all his family to Algeria (as though poor Gudule hasn't suffered enough; now she must endure the tacky holiday destination chosen by her lover)

In spite of the film's imperfections and undefined style, this German count was impressed by Gudule's dream sequence with its obvious surrealist influence, it fascinates the spectator with its strange and suggestive shots; it is mainly because of this that the film deserves to be seen.

And now, if you allow me, I must temporarily take my leave due to the fact that this Count needs to called to order too, some unrepresentable family members.

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