The Well Digger’s Daughter

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Well-Digger's Daughter
November 18, 2012
Showtimes (change daily)
Sunday, November 18 / Bagel Brunch at 10am / Film at 11am

Vic Skolnick SUNDAY SCHMOOZE • Brunch, Film, and Discussion
Bagel Brunch at 10am • Film at 11am
Followed by Discussion with Fred Craden

Buy Tickets$10 Members • $15 Public
Tickets also available at 800-838-3006,
or at the CAC Box Office

Join Sunday Schmooze host Fred Craden for a screening and discussion of Daniel Auteuil’s mesmerizing adaptation of Marcel Pagnol’s 1940s classic about a father and daughter who are pulled apart by her passion for a young pilot 

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 Pascale, 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 Pascale 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, Pascale 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 film captures all the warmth and humanist spirit of Marcel Pagnol‘s original work. (France, 2011, 105 min., color, 35mm, In French with English Subtitles – Director/Co-Writer: Daniel Auteuil – Co-Writer: Marcel Pagnol – Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kad Merad, Sabene Azema, Nicolas Duvauchelle)

“*** 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 Bergès-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 Kauffman, THE NEW REPUBLIC

“**** 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

“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