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The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011)

La fille du puisatier (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 April 2011 (France)
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.



(early screenplay), (adaptation)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilie Cazenave ...
Coline Bosso ...
Chloé Malarde ...
Brune Coustellier ...
Ilona Porte ...
Jean-Louis Barcelona ...
Patrick Bosso ...
Le garçon
François-Eric Gendron ...


Provence, the days before World War II. Rustic well-digger Pascal Amoretti, a widower, encourages fellow laborer Félipe Rambert to date his virgin eldest daughter Patricia, the only of his five who attended a Parish finishing school. Getting drunk, Felipe unwittingly helps her date wealthy general store owner Mazel's handsome, womanizing son, dashing air force pilot Jacques, who gives her a motorbike ride home, make love and get her pregnant. Shortly after, both men are called for military service. On leave, Felipe finds out the truth and still proposes. Jacques is reported missing in action, his family refuses to recognize the baby, so Pascal sends Patricia with it to his outcast sister. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

20 April 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Filha do Pai  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,273 (USA) (20 July 2012)


$385,406 (USA) (15 March 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Jacques motorcycle is a Triumph Speed Twin 5T. See more »


When Pascal visits her sister Nathalie to check on Patricia, Nathalie is heard humming Nina Rota's Romeo and Juliet theme, which wasn't written until 1968. See more »


Remake of The Well-Digger's Daughter (1940) See more »


le commandant
(Willy Haag)
© Harmondium Musikverlag/Ruh Musik AG
Interprété par MV HALTINGEN 1908 E.V.
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Great Film needs new English title!
11 March 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This marvelous film is based on a Pagnol novel which I had never heard of. Maybe it's well-known in France and so the title is familiar to audiences there. But in the US "The Well Digger's Daughter" should keep people away from this film in droves. In fact, the film is an old fashioned fable set in the French countryside during the period of World War I. Even though the plot turns are seen coming a mile away, the film has such charm and simple feeling and wisdom, that there is enormous pleasure in watching the story unfold. Auteuil is perfect as the father, as is every other actor, especially Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as the daughter of the title and Nicolas Duvauchelle as her 'prince'. And the music by Andre Desplat is one of his best scores. The setting and the lives of the characters are so beautifully depicted, there is so much pleasure to be had in entering their world for two hours, that it seems a shame that American audiences will have to overcome their disinclination to see a movie about a well-digger and his daughter when there is this rich and deeply emotional story waiting for them in the cinema.

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