The unmarried mother is a permanent feature in Pagnol's cinema:see his famous trilogy Fanny/Marius /Cesar OR Angèle."La fille du puisatier" is more of the same but it has Raimu and to a lesser degree Charpin and Josette Day ,the future star of Cocteau's "la Belle et la Bête".Raimu was so great an actor that any movie he is in makes all worthwhile.And Pagnol's poetry,his use of Provence landscapes are strong assets too.
The story is very melodramatic but still manages to keep you interested till the very end. Handsome soldier gets Patricia pregnant before going' to war;and the boy's father is not prepared to accept it.She's not worthy of his offspring.But alas,the courageous military man is killed.And he was the old man's only child.Now it's Raimu (Patricia's father) who has the upper hand.But it's not over far from it..
"La fille du puisatier" is excellent Pagnol stuff.
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