January 25, 2013

The Well Digger's Daughter (2011)

The Well Digger's Daughter (2011)
Directed by: Daniel Auteuil
Country: France

Review: Daniel Auteuil directs for the first time in his career, in this adaptation of Marcel Pagnol’s novel “The Well Digger’s Daughter”. Opting for a conservative approach, he takes us back on time, to those light French movies that effectively blend romance, drama and comedy. But it is as an actor that Auteuil really shines, pulling out another memorable performance. He plays Pascal, a humble and honest well digger whose greatest pride in life is his delicate daughter Patricia. However, things change when his boss’s son got Patricia pregnant. Through refined dialogs and a few funny moments, we can witness the humbleness of the poor, opposing to the arrogance of the rich. The problem is that the movie embraces a satisfied conduct that makes us anticipate its overjoyed finale. Even the surprises did not work as surprises. Therefore, this is a movie to enjoy and relax, having Auteuil's performance as highlight.

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