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Genre Romance
Running Time 100 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Jul 20, 2012
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The Well Digger's Daughter (La Fille du puisatier)

Twenty-five years after rising to international acclaim in Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, Daniel Auteuil returns to the world of Marcel Pagnol for his directorial debut, a celebrated remake of the 1940s classic. Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia (the luminous Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascal dreams… Show more

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July 27, 2012 - Boston.com - By Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

As an entertainment proposition, it’s hard to beat expert construction and unabashed sentiment. Marcel Pagnol, the French novelist, playwright, and filmmaker, had the combination down to a craft (if not an art) in the ’30s and ’40s. His work had a great vogue, and not just in France. If you want to know how enduring his appeal is consider the international success of “Jean de Florette” and “Manon of the Spring” in the ’80s (they’re based on one of his novels) or the fact that Alice Waters named her restaurant, Chez Panisse, after a character in Pagnol’s “Marseille” film trilogy.

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