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The Well-Digger's Daughter (1940)
"La fille du puisatier" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  28 September 1946 (USA)
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A rural maiden's two suitors go off to war, leaving her pregnant.

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André Mazel (as Charpin)
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Amanda Amoretti (as Claire)
Roberte Arnaud ...
Raymonde ...
Éléonore Amoretti
Tramel ...
Maxime Exbrayat - le garçon de café
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Charles Blavette ...
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Lucien Callamand ...
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Rural well-digger Pascal has a pretty 18-year-old daughter Patricia who grew up in Paris; he dreams of her marrying his middle-aged partner Felipe. But she meets young Jacques Mazel from the village; one thing leads to another, and when both Jacques and Felipe go off to war, she's carrying Jacques's child. Faced with estrangement from her father, denial by Jacques' family, and the news that Jacques himself is missing in action, will Patricia agree to marry Felipe? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The film was started on 20th May 1940 but interrupted because of the war. It was only resumed on 13th August of the same year with Line Noro replacing Betty Daussmond in the role of Marie Mazel. The film was released in France unoccupied zone in December 1940, but only in April 1941 in the occupied zone. See more »

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Another unmarried mother
10 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

The unmarried mother is a permanent feature in Pagnol's cinema:see his famous trilogy Fanny/Marius /Cesar OR Angèle."La fille du puisatier" is more of the same but it has Raimu and to a lesser degree Charpin and Josette Day ,the future star of Cocteau's "la Belle et la Bête".Raimu was so great an actor that any movie he is in makes all worthwhile.And Pagnol's poetry,his use of Provence landscapes are strong assets too.

The story is very melodramatic but still manages to keep you interested till the very end. Handsome soldier gets Patricia pregnant before going' to war;and the boy's father is not prepared to accept it.She's not worthy of his offspring.But alas,the courageous military man is killed.And he was the old man's only child.Now it's Raimu (Patricia's father) who has the upper hand.But it's not over far from it..

"La fille du puisatier" is excellent Pagnol stuff.


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