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The Well Diggers Daughter (2011 film)

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Director  Daniel Auteuil
Language  French
Language  French
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance
Music director  Alexandre Desplat
Country  France
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Release date  20 April 2011 (2011-04-20) (France)9 December 2011 (2011-12-09) (United Kingdom)22 July 2012 (2012-07-22) (United States)
Based on  The Well-Diggers Daughter (1940 film) by Marcel Pagnol
Writer  Marcel Pagnol (early screenplay), Daniel Auteuil (adaptation)
Cast  Daniel Auteuil (Le puisatier), Kad Merad (Félipe), Sabine Azéma (Mme Mazel), Jean-Pierre Darroussin (Mazel), Nicolas Duvauchelle (Jacques), Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Patricia)
Similar movies  Music by Alexandre Desplat, Daniel Auteuil movies, France movies

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The Well-Digger's Daughter (French: La Fille du puisatier) is a 2011 French romantic drama film. Daniel Auteuil makes his directorial debut as he stars alongside Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Kad Merad, Sabine Azéma, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, and Nicolas Duvauchelle.


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The screenplay by Auteuil is based on the 1940 film The Well-Digger's Daughter written and directed by Marcel Pagnol.

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In the summer of 1939 Jacques Mazel, a 26 year old pilot in the French Air Force and only child of a wealthy shopkeeper, is fishing in a stream near his parents' home. On the bank appears 18 year old Patricia Amoretti, eldest daughter of a widowed well-digger, who is taking lunch to her father Pascal and his employee Félipe. Jacques carries her across and, after seeing her again at an air display next day, takes her for a ride on his motorbike. That night he is called back to his unit so, unable to keep a rendezvous with Patricia in the morning, he asks his mother to deliver a letter. She, not approving his choice of company, burns it.

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Patricia, who concludes Jacques rejected her because they were from different social classes, discovers she is pregnant. Confronted by Pascal, the parents of Jacques reject the idea that their son conceived a child out of wedlock and refuse to acknowledge the expected baby. To spare his four other daughters from learning of the illegitimate child, Pascal sends Patricia to have her baby with his sister in another village.

Then news comes through that Jacques is posted missing, his plane brought down in flames behind German lines. Félipe offers to marry Patricia but she refuses, partly because her younger sister Amanda has a crush on him. Grieving over the loss of their son, the Mazels offer to take some responsibility for their new-born grandson, but Pascal obstinately refuses.

In the summer of 1940 Jacques arrives home safe, having escaped through neutral Switzerland, and learns he has a son. His overjoyed parents call formally on Pascal to ask if he will forgive them and allow a marriage. He agrees if the couple agree. Since their love is as strong as the moment they first met, the film ends happily.


  • Daniel Auteuil as Pascal Amoretti, the well-digger
  • Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey as Patricia Amoretti, his eldest daughter
  • Kad Merad as Félipe Rambert, his employee
  • Jean-Pierre Darroussin as Monsieur Mazel, the shopkeeper
  • Sabine Azéma as Madame Mazel, his wife
  • Nicolas Duvauchelle as Jacques Mazel, their son
  • Marie-Anne Chazel as Nathalie, Pascal's sister
  • Émilie Cazenave as Amanda Amoretti, Pascal's second daughter
  • Production

    The original music score was composed by Alexandre Desplat and features Enrico Caruso's rendition of "Core 'ngrato".

    Critical response

    On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 90%, based on 39 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".


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