Marcel Pagnol’s heart-warming story of a young couple in Provencal France whose lives are changed by their chance encounter, starring and directed by Daniel Auteuil.
Twenty-five years after acting in adaptations of two of Marcel Pagnol’s most famous novels, ‘Jean de Florette’ and ‘Manon des Sources’, Auteuil returns to the world of simple country life in the Provence region of the south of France (and the place of his own childhood) for his first feature film as a director.
It’s an old story, that of an unmarried girl, Patricia (Astrid Berges-Frisbey), the daughter of the well-digger Pascal Amoretti (Daniel Auteuil), who gets herself pregnant just after turning eighteen. What complicates matters is that the father-to-be, Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle) is not around to acknowledge his part in the affair, having been called up as a fighter pilot in the war, and has gone missing, presumed dead.
Since he is also the son of a wealthy businessman, Mr Mazel (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), and the young couple were only together on two occasions, neither the boy nor his family – and certainly not his mother (Sabine Azéma) – are likely to admit to having anything to do with the pregnant daughter of a humble well-digger. This charming character drama, focuses on the people of the region, their beliefs, their sense of class, work ethic and tradition, and how they cope when an incident threatens the stability of these inviolable principles. The film is also beautifully shot in the glorious sunshine of the south of France without becoming too picture-postcard picturesque. (subtitles)
France · 2011 · Daniel Auteuil · 107min