The Well-Digger’s Daughter

Runaway winner of this year’s Audience Award for favorite film at the Maine International Film Festival! Find out why! The greatest French actor of our day, Daniel Auteuil, returns to writer Marcel Pagnol for his first work as a director—and emerges, miraculously, with a beautifully old fashioned yet completely sincere and shockingly fresh adaptation.  Pascal Amoretti (Auteuil), a hard-scrabble well-digger, holds a special place in his heart for his oldest child, Patricia. Patricia has also attracted the attention of Jacques, the son of a prosperous shopkeeper. Their attraction quickly blossoms into something more, but then Jacques goes off to fight in the Great War—leaving Patricia behind to deal with the consequences of their brief moment of passion. Shot in the beautiful landscapes of the Vauclose, THE WELL-DIGGER’S DAUGHTER beautifully captures the humanist spirit of Pagnol: there are no villains here, and each character tries to do their best with the hand they feel has been dealt to them. In French with English subtitles. Unrated. 107 Min.

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