Dir. Daniel Auteuil, 2011, 105 min
With Daniel Auteuil, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Nicolas Duvauchelle
In French with English subtitles
The first of three Daniel Auteuil films based on a Marcel Pagnol source that FIAF will present in this CinéSalon series—and his directorial debut—tells the sweeping saga of the widower and well-digger Pascal Amoretti (Auteuil), who is raising a small army of young girls in the Provençal countryside in the early days of World War II. When the eldest of the six, Patricia (the luminous Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), begins an illicit affair with a rich and dashing air force pilot Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle), she puts the family’s reputation at risk. After Jacques is called to duty, Pascal has to make a heart-wrenching decision about the fate of his wayward child.
“A finely acted tale of love and class in the south of France” – The Hollywood Reporter
“Beautifully shot and delightfully old-fashioned” – View London