DVD: The Well-Digger's Daughter

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Daniel Auteuil returns to the bucolic landscape of Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources in this very attractive adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's novel, set in Provence at the start of the First World War.

Well-digger Pascal Amoretti (Auteuil) adores his beautiful 18-year-old daughter (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), but she, in turn, is smitten by bounder Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle), son of Mr Mazel (Jean-Pierre Darroussin), a social climber.

This is an extremely straightforward, old-fashioned and soft-centred drama about class and morality, which is silly in places, but also rather lovely.

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