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THE WELL DIGGER'S DAUGHTER
USA: Kino Lorber Films
UK: Pathe Distribution
UK DVD: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kad Merad, Sabine Azema, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Emilie Cazenave Marie-Anne Chazel, Coline Bosso, Chloe Malarde, Brune Coustellier, Ilona Porte, Jean-Louis Barcelona, Patrick Bosso
Director: Daniel Auteuil
Language: French (English subtitles)
USA: 107 mins
UK: 105 mins
USA Rated: Unrated
UK Certificate: PG contains mild language and innuendo
USA Release Date: 20 August 2012 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 9 December 2011
UK DVD Release: 20 February 2012
Based on Marcel Pagnol's classic film of the same name, THE WELL DIGGER'S DAUGHTER sees one of France's favourite sons, Daniel Auteuil (HIDDEN, 36), direct and star in a beautiful and timeless tale of love, loss and regret.
In pre-war France, Patricia (Astrid Berges-Frisbey - PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES) meets Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle) on her way to deliver her father his lunch. With that meeting, a love affair commences that is cut short when Jacques is sent to the front line.
When Patricia unexpectedly finds herself pregnant, Jacques' wealthy parents accuse her of blackmail leaving Patricia and her father (Auteuill), the local well digger, to care for the child. However, when Jacques is declared missing in action, his family seeks solace in their only link to their son....
Echoing the beauty and charm of Auteuil's own early films such as JEAN DE FLORETTE.