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
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
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
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
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
"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