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Synopsis: Adapted from the beloved French film and novel by Marcel Pagnol, ‘The Well-Digger’s Daughter’ tells the sweeping saga of single father and well-digger Pascal Amoretti (Daniel Auteuil) who is raising a small army of young girls in the Provençal countryside. When his poor teenage daughter Patricia (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) falls in love with the rich and dashing air force pilot Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle) and begins an illicit affair, she puts the family’s reputation at risk.

After Jacques is called into duty, Pascal has to make a heart-wrenching decision about the fate of his wayward child.


Drama Romance





Run Time

107 minutes




Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Patricia Amoretti)
Daniel Auteuil (Pascal Amoretti)
Jean-Pierre Darroussin (M. Mazel)
Kad Merad (Felipe Rambert)
Nicolas Duvauchelle (Jacques Mazel)
Sabene Azema (Mme. Mazel)

Directed by

Daniel Auteuil

Produced by

Alain Sarde

Edited by

Joëlle Hache


Alexandre Desplat

Production Designer

Bernard Vézat


Jean-François Robin


World Soundtrack Awards - Belgium - 2011

Soundtrack Composer of the Year (Alexandre Desplat)


It's a light lunch with an old friend whom it's good to see again. - Tom Long , Detroit News

To call "The Well Digger's Daughter" an old-fashioned film is to pay it a compliment. Here is a love story embedded in traditional values. - Roger Ebert , Chicago Sun-Times

Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Patricia and Jean-Pierre Darroussin are almost enchanting, but it is Auteuil, entering a new career as mature actor-director, whom we want to cheer. - Stanley Kauffmann , The New Republic


Rotten Tomatoes - Certified Fresh! - [Rotten Tomatoes]

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