Well-Digger’s Daughter – 8

How sweet, how innocent, how French! How could anyone with a heart, and nostalgia for simple life in the country before the war (WWI!), not melt at the love affair between the rich, but talented, boy and the poor, but sophisticated, girl. Actually, the love affair we had to take a bit on faith; what the movie showed more clearly, and in a way more movingly, was the struggle by the father to reconcile love for his daughter with the need to protect the honor of his family. And since Daniel Auteuil adapted the Marcel Pagnol story and directed the film, you understood that his performance as the father was a labor of love.

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