Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Well-Digger’s Daughter 2011

     Pascal has been alone since his wife passed away but he has five daughters at home.  He is a well digger as his profession and they are a poor family.  His oldest daughter, Patricia was raised in Paris.  He’s glad to have her home to help with the younger girls.  He would like for her to marry his assistant Felipe.  World War I is just starting, Patricia meets pilot Jacques Mazel and they fall in love.  Jacques is the son of a wealthy merchant in their town.  He is supposed to see Patricia the next day but he’s suddenly called to take the place of another pilot.  He asks his mother to take her a letter and explain. 
     This is good, old-fashioned, very beautiful countryside in Provence of 1914, good plot and acting.  My only complaint is the subtitles are in white and the print is small.  When the background is also white, you can’t read the titles?  3 ½* (I liked this movie)
107 min, Drama directed by Daniel Auteuil with Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Kad Merad, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Sabine Azema, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Emile Cazenave.
Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 6.5 out of 10, 100% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.   

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