The Well-Digger's Daughter pushes a number of nostalgia buttons at once, most of them pleasing.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A pastoral wrapped in gauze, sunlight and sentimentality.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" feels decidedly, almost defiantly, old-fashioned, but not necessarily in a bad way.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Auteuil the director knows not to get in the way of Pagnol's plot machinery. Auteuil the actor is another story.
Mark Feeney - Boston Globe
Lepage proves that classic art can survive and flourish in a marriage with modern technology and imagination.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
Doesn't give us reason to assume that what we don't see is much more scandalous than what we do.
Michael Nordine - Village Voice
To call "The Well Digger's Daughter" an old-fashioned film is to pay it a compliment. Here is a love story embedded in traditional values.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Auteuil's direction is a lot like his acting -- well-mannered and likable, yet staid and ultimately inconsequential.
Drew Hunt - Chicago Reader
It's classical moviemaking of a sort rarely seen now, a love story of surprising joy with rounded, flawed but humane characters.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" isn't a mind-blower; it's not supposed to be. It's a light lunch with an old friend whom it's good to see again.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The humanist spirit of Gallic novelist-director Marcel Pagnol is alive and well in the old-fashionedly sincere The Well-Digger's Daughter.
Boyd van Hoeij - Variety
[It's] enjoyable enough as it plods along, and the final act wraps things up on a fulfilling note.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Daniel Auteuil offers a crowd-pleasing remake of a Marcel Pagnol classic.
Jordan Mintzer - Hollywood Reporter
Let "The Well-Digger's Daughter" take you back in time, not once but several times over.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Remake lacks the power of context
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
The countryside of high Provence is a major character all its own.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" is perhaps a bit too sentimental. But the performances are so heartfelt that its occasional excesses are easily forgiven.
Calvin Wilson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Think of it as a pretty good, French-language bucolic entry in PBS' "Masterpiece" franchise and you'll be fine.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
What resonates is a sense of humanity that sometimes gets lost in films with less regard for traditional storytelling, or respect for simple emotion.
John Anderson - Newsday
Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Patricia and Jean-Pierre Darroussin are almost enchanting, but it is Auteuil, entering a new career as mature actor-director, whom we want to cheer.
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
Strong pedigree pushes 'Well Digger's Daughter' to the top.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The jewel at the heart of the piece is Berges-Frisbey -- the ravishing mermaid Syrena in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
It's the first film directed by the actor Daniel Auteuil, as part of a four-film project to remake films by the writer-director Marcel Pagnol, and if the others are this good, this is a project to look forward to.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Despite a verbose script and the kneejerk sexism of Pascal, the visual beauty and narrative simplicity make the film a pleasure.
Peg Aloi - Boston Phoenix
I mean, if egocentric, short-sighted, emotionally crippling fathers aren't going to fight for their daughters' hymens WHO WILL!?
Jordan Hoffman - About.com
Even as you wish the material had been reshaped into something riskier, you may find yourself appreciating the sincerity and unshowy workmanship that went into the movie.
Jon Frosch - The Atlantic
It's a movie that could easily have been made 50 years ago, and I don't mean that as a knock. There is much to be said for a film that values unflashy craft and simple, unhurried storytelling.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
You feel yourself slowing down and relaxing as you watch; there's nothing rushed or crowded about this film, just a quiet story carefully told.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
An unchallenging but utterly palatable movie to take your subtitle-reading grandma to see on a Sunday afternoon.
Alonso Duralde - The Wrap
Auteuil has a very classical touch behind the camera...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Auteuil is hardly the first to sing the praises of Provence, but he sings with a passion eloquent enough to give nostalgia a good name.
Ella Taylor - NPR
"The Well-Digger's Daughter" transports the viewer to the smells, rhythms, and social constraints of a France that no longer exists.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Ultimately comes off as curiously anecdotal, lacking the dramatic dynamism that could give Marcel Pagnol's tale new life.
Bill Weber - Slant Magazine
- Urban Cinefile
Beautifully photographed, handsomely performed World War I romance.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A film to enjoy away from the noise and chaos of most movies on offer, and while not relevant in some ways, certainly relevant as a note about the strengths and weaknesses of human nature
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Auteuil shines in bucolic French melodrama about filial love and forgiveness.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
A tour de force remake of Marcel Pagnol's 1940 film about love, loss, class, forgiveness, and transformation that come from the heart.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Beautifully shot and emotionally engaging, this is an enjoyably old fashioned French drama with a superb script, likeable characters and terrific performances from Auteil, Darroussin and Berges-Frisbey.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
here's a broad appeal to be gleaned from its antiquated charm, modest focus and a clutch of ripe, old-school character turns, especially from Auteuil in the lead and French stalwarts Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Sabine Azema.
David Jenkins - Time Out
[An] inauspicious but cheerfully populist directorial debut.
David Jenkins - Time Out New York