The Well-Digger's Daughter (La fille du puisatier)

Directed by Daniel Auteuil


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 first work as director with this 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 of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe (Kad Merad). But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascal is left to contend with the consequences. An exquisitely crafted, sun-drenched melodrama, set to a score by Academy Award-nominee Alexandre Desplat (The King's Speech), The Well-Digger's Daughter captures all the warmth and humanist spirit of Pagnol's original work.

Film Info

Release Year: 2011
Running Time: 105
Color Type: Color
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles


A heartwarming family drama that will make you laugh and cry in equal measure, THE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER "is the kind of film they don't make anymore, only here it is." (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times).

Adapted from the beloved French film and novel by Marcel Pagnol, the movie tells the sweeping saga of single father and well-digger Pascal Amoretti (Daniel Auteuil, Caché), who is raising a small army of young girls in the Provençal countryside. When his poor teenage daughter Patricia (the luminous 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.

In his directorial debut, famed actor Daniel Auteuil fills THE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER with grand romance, light comedy and superb performances, making a "love story of surprising joy" (Minneapolis Star Tribune).


    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
  • Written by Daniel Auteuil
  • Produced by Alain Sarde

Festivals / Awards

Official Selection Nantucket Film Festival


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  • Patricia (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) and Félipe (Kad Merad) in The Well-Digger's Daughter.
    • Patricia (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) in the Well Digger's Daughter.
      • The well-digger (Daniel Auteuil) and his daughters
        • Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle) and Patricia (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) in The Well Digger's Daughter.
          • Patricia (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), her father (Daniel Auteuil), and Nathalie (Marie-Anne Chazel) in a scene from The Well-Digger's Daughter.
            • Patricia (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey)
              • Daniel Auteuil on set of The Well-Digger's Daughter.