DVD Review: THE WELL DIGGER’S DAUGHTER

REVIEWED BY: CINEMA LATTE

GRADE: 5 out of 5 reels

UPC: 738329096922

RELEASE DATE: December 26, 2012

DISC INFORMATION: 1 disc, color, full screen, French language, English subtitles

RUNNING TIME:  110 minutes

SPECIAL FEAUTURES:  None

RATED: Not Rated, but would probably earn a PG-13

GENRE:  Drama/Romance

STARRING:  Daniel Auteuil, Kad Merad, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Emilie Cazenave, and Nicolas Duvauchelle

Pascal is widower raising 6 daughters on the wages he gets from being a well-digger.  On her 18th birthday, Patricia Amoretti thinks she has met her prince in the young Jacques Mazel while on the way to meet her father for lunch in the field.  His womanizing and her passion for life prove to be a dangerous combination as he leaves for war and she is left to bare their child out of wed-lock to the disapproval from both families.  Her father, Pascal, is a very proud and traditional man.  He tries to have Jacques family to either take some part in the child’s upbringing or to let Jacques know that he will soon be a father.  Their pride won’t allow them to let their son and only child to be straddled with a well-digger’s daughter and shun her.  Patricia is forced to make ends meet with the help of her aunt while her own father disowns her for her sin.  Will Patricia ever be allowed back into the family?  As life continues, the war takes more men away, and Pascal’s love for his daughter pushes through his pride and stubbornness.

Filmed in France and covering the pre-World War II era, this film is complete with a great story, wonderful and charming characters, and sweeping landscapes.    Although the story is not original, it is a very gripping tale of young innocent love and pride portrayed by a brilliantly talented cast.  Engrossing, touching, entertaining, and wonderful all describe this beautiful foreign film.

My only complaint is that there wasn’t an option to change the language to English.  The landscape and acting is so wonderful it was hard to keep looking away to read the subtitles.  It made you feel like you would miss something.

Wonderful drama with romance and heart.  A wonderful addition to any movie fan’s library.  Absolutely wonderful film.

That’s my review and I’m sticking with it.

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