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on 2 March 2017
A rather depressingly sad story relating an all too common consequence of love and war. Happily, and perhaps surprisingly, all turns out well in the end! Daniel Auteuil at his best (as ever) as an actor, and now also as a director, and good performances from all the cast.
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on 22 September 2012
This is unashamedly French cinema of the old school. Beautifully photographed in the sunlit countryside of Provence and a good old-fashioned story depicted by a super cast. It is early days in WW2 and the six daughters of well-digger Pascal (Auteil) fuss around him like hens round a pail of corn. The eldest daughter ,Patricia,(Astrid Berges-Frisbey) meets the handsome son of a well-to-do village merchant whilst washing some clothes down by a nearby river. They decide to meet again, a relationship develops but the young man has to go off to war (he is a pilot), without knowing that the girl has become pregnant. Time passes and the young man, Jacques, is lost and thought to be a casualty of the war. The baby,a boy, is born and a conflict arises between the family of Jacques and Pascal,who yearns for a boy in the family, over its upbringing. It is a story that deals with class and position in local society - the common artisan workman and the wealthy family of Jacques. This is a wonderfully entertaining film, the outcome of which keeps one guessing right up to the end. The film's opening scene of Patricia walking through poppy strewn fields assures the viewer that they are in for a treat! And there is no disappoinment in this area! The movie maybe not be in the same league as 'Jean de Florette' and 'Manon Des Source' but it is not fair to compare against those masterpieces. At least this films story is set in the same countryside and you'll be glad you did not miss this treat !
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on 22 November 2015
This was a delightful film, starring Daniel Auteuil. I loved the story, which involves young love, a pregnancy, the father away in the air-force during the first world war and what transpires when it is discovered. The scenery was visually appealing and the music delicately done, all bringing to life the summer country side and the life of the girl's father, the well digger and all his daughters. For me this is a watch again film, and I'm delighted to have it in my library.
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on 30 April 2015
This is a charming film with a warm heart as one might expect from these film makers and their writer. The acting is good, the scenery is lovely, the story line simple and affecting. So why 4 stars and not 5? Perhaps it is that we're all so used to stronger meat these days but I did feel that it was just little bloodless. This certainly didn't detract from my enjoyment of the film; it was delightful to bask in the Provencal sun and immerse myself in rustic France but I am not sure that the film is especially memorable otherwise. If you love French cinema and enjoy satisfactory endings, don't hesitate.
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on 25 August 2014
This is a great story by Marcel Pagnol. All of Marcel Pagnol's stories are a delight. It is a story about love, honour and pride.
The film is a remake which is brilliant as the original film is now dated. The story takes place at the beginning of WWII (not WWI). In the original film Marcel Pagnol inserted a speech by Marechal Petain, so definitely WWII.
We knew that Daniel Auteuil was a very good actor and now he's proven that he is also a very good director.
This film is very moving. I enjoyed it and will watch it again and again.
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on 9 February 2018
oh what a classic. Stunningly human, sensitive and beautifully filmed, with wonderful performances. If you don't like this you are either a cynic or dislike the French.
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VINE VOICEon 3 November 2013
An unashamedly happy story (after a harsher middle) a tale of rural folk, a beautiful daughter, the wayward son of the local shop-owner, war, and the birth of a child. If Jean de Florette tugged at the heartstrings this Pagnol tale opts for happier climes from its excellent cast, and the local countryside which should get star billing. If Thomas Hardy had written this it would have been a lot grimmer, but thankfully he was busy elsewhere.
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on 13 February 2015
On the plus side the scenery was delicious, makes me want to go to Provence and experience it for myself. On the other hand the dialogue was difficult to follow for someone who was taught "schoolbook" French and has only lived and conversed in Paris; perhaps they were speaking in a dialect but the sub-titles are there to fall back on. Other reviewers have mentioned that the subjects of the plot (illegitimacy, prejudices and social standing) were dealt with rather softly and punches were pulled but it did make for a pleasant evenings viewing.
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on 10 September 2014
Great to watch these old, uncomplicated movies - a small story, yet a big story about families and traditions, genuine pride earned through generations, and superiority as a result of wealth. And in the end, love conquers all, like they say. The well digger with his family of daughters, whom he truly loves and adores, regards his eldest daughter an angel, but so does a young boy from a wealthy family. Great was the father's shame when he learnt that his daughter was expecting a illegitimate child; he sent her away to live with his sister. The well digger is a proud and respected man; his employee, despite his love for the daughter, is the one who not only brings a father to his senses, but brings families together. A lovely story!
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on 9 August 2017
Lovely film. Typical Daniel Autteuil affair with lovely performances and wonderful atmosphere.
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