Friday, 15 February 2013

La Fille du puisatier (film)

Eastbourne Film Society's choice for the last Wednesday in February is a French film, La Fille du puisatier (The Well-Digger's Daughter). Marcel Pagnol made a film of the same name, from his own novel, in 1940 and this 2011 version is based on the same book. It recreates some of Pagnol's scenes, apparently practically word for word but apparently provides a much sunnier view of the world than the original film. Actor Daniel Auteil puts in a dignified performance as the Well-Digger and this is also his directorial debut.

Set in the south of France just before the Second World War, La Fille du puisatier tells the story of Pascal (Daniel Auteuil), a well-digger and widower who is struggling to bring up his six daughters alone. His eldest daughter, Patricia (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey), seems destined to marry Pascal's middle-aged friend Félipe (Kad Merad), but she is distracted by fighter pilot Jacques (Nicolas Duvauchelle). Jacques is dashing and wealthy and easily seduces the innocent Patricia who is devastated when he goes off to the Front leaving her pregnant and ruined. Jacques parents refuse to acknowledge their grandchild until they find out that Jacques may not be returning from the War.

Curzon, Wed 27th Feb, 14:15, 17:00, 20:00.
Fri 8th, Mon 11th, Thu 14th Mar, 14:15, 17:00.
Tickets £6.80, available by calling 01313 731441 or in person (3pm to 7pm daily).