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The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011)
"La fille du puisatier" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  20 April 2011 (France)
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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.

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Provence, late 1930s. Rustic 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 against the Nazis. 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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$10,273 (USA) (20 July 2012)

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$385,406 (USA) (15 March 2013)
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When Pascal is preparing to meet the Mazels, Patricia ties his tie very short, with the back extending several inches beyond the front. You then see him moments later with it tied correctly. See more »

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

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France in All Its Beautiful Glory!
20 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Awarding-winning actor Daniel Auteuil made his directorial debut, remaking this story of The Well-Digger's Daughter, set in a small countryside village of France just before a war. I'm not sure, but I think it's WWII. He is the well-digger and he has a late teens/young-20ish daughter who is the apple of his eye. Daniel's partner in well-digging likes her very much, despite the age difference. The plot thickens when she makes an instant liking to a boy, of her own age, when he helps her across a river. They don't know who each other are, but he figures out who she is before she him. He's the son of the rich shopkeeper. The boy volunteers for the war effort, and the obvious events happen to the young girl only after he's gone. In fact, this plays out very predictably like a Hallmark movie and the setting could very well be any small town in early 20th century America with its small town thinking, like The Magic of Ordinary Days, which I loved by the way. The plot may be predictable, but what makes this film stand out is the director's obvious love of the time, the place and story. The people are real. The landscape is beautiful. The mood and laid-back treatment is right on track to make this otherwise average film a very moving experience and love story.


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