Daniel Auteuil stars in and directs the likable if broad melodrama “The Well Digger’s Daughter,” a remake of Marcel Pagnol’s 1940 film of the same name. Auteuil (from many films by André Téchiné as well as “Caché”), no stranger to the work of the writer-filmmaker, starred in both of Claude Berri’s Pagnol adaptations, “Jean de Florette” and “Manon des Sources” (both 1986). Class struggle creases the Provençal countryside in pre-World War II France as a girl’s pregnancy roils the seemingly placid community. Scored by the near-ubiquitous Alexandre Desplat, with soothingly pastoral photography by Jean-François Robin. With Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Sabine Azéma, Nicolas Duvauchelle. 105m. (Ray Pride)
“The Well-Digger’s Daughter” opens Friday at the Music Box.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His multimedia history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” will be published later this year.