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The Well-Digger's Daughter aka La Fille du puisatier [Blu-ray]
(Daniel Auteuil, 2011)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Les Films Alain Sarde
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 31,425,379,069 bytes
Feature Size: 29,372,777,664 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 24th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio French 3931 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3931 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
English (burned-in), none
Description: Twenty-five years after rising to international acclaim in Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, Daniel Auteuil returns to the world of Marcel Pagnol for his first work as director with this celebrated remake of the 1940's classic. Auteuil stars as the eponymous well-digger Pascal, a widower living with his six daughters in the Provence countryside at the start of World War I. His eldest, Patricia (the luminous Astrid Berges-Frisbey), has returned home from Paris to help raise her sisters, and Pascal dreams of marrying her off to his loyal assistant Felipe (Kad Merad). But when she's impregnated by a wealthy young pilot (Nicolas Duvauchelle) who promptly abandons her for the frontlines, Pascal is left to contend with the consequences. An exquisitely crafted, sun-drenched melodrama, set to a score by Academy Award-nominee Alexandre Desplat (The King's Speech), The Well Digger's Daughter captures all the warmth and humanist spirit of Pagnol's original work.
Daniel Auteuil is excellent as Pascal, torn between his deep love for
his daughter and his desire to do the right thing in society's eyes.
Similarly, Astrid Berges-Frisbey (last seen as the sexy mermaid in
Pirates 4) is utterly adorable as Patricia and there's terrific support
from Kad Merad (heart-breaking as a middle-aged simple soul with a heart
of gold), Emilie Cazenave (as Pascal's daughter Amanda, who's secretly
in love with Felipe) and the always-excellent Jean-Pierre Darroussin.
A bitter class war erupts between two families after the daughter of a humble well digger is impregnated by the son of a wealthy shopkeeper. Aging widower Pascale Amoretti (Daniel Auteuil) works hard to provide for his six daughters. As the first shots of World War I are fired, his eldest daughter Patricia (Astrid Bergés-Frisbey) returns home from Paris to help raise her younger siblings. Meanwhile, Pascale wants to see Patricia marry his longtime assistant Felipe (Kad Merad), a hard worker who would make a loving husband. But shortly after arriving back home, Patricia has a fling with Jacques Mazel (Nicolas Duvauchelle), a fighter pilot from a wealthy family, who then disappears to the front lines after getting Patricia pregnant. At first, the Mazels are furious, accusing the impoverished Amorettis of using the situation to stake a claim on their fortune. When Jacques goes missing in action, however, the Mazels quickly realize that Patricia's unborn child may be their only link to the son who sacrificed his life fighting for their country.Excerpt from MRQE located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The Well-Digger's Daughter looks very impressive on Blu-ray from Kino/Lorber. The image quality is extremely sharp with brilliant colors - especially the French countryside greens and yellows. This is dual-layered with a high bitrate. Skin tones seem true and contrast exhibits healthy, rich black levels. Daylight scenes dominate and are the most impressive. This Blu-ray has a no noise or artefacts. Overall the image is highly pleasing - producing a strong presentation. This Blu-ray does a great job of exporting the film's visual attributes.
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The robust DTS-HD Master surround at a whopping 3931 kbps easily handles all the film's, mostly passive, audio. The original music is by Alexandre Desplat and stays comfortably in the background. The closing opera piece is a nice touch. The subtitles (see sample) are burned-in and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Only trailers and a stills gallery as supplements.
December 15th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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