"A Love Story Threatens the Family’s Good Name"
What You Need To Know:
The production quality in THE WELL DIGGER’S DAUGHTER is good. With great photography and a well-written script, the story flows naturally. There are some moral elements, including brief references to God. However, the worldview in THE WELL DIGGER’S DAUGHTER is Romantic, with implied acts of immorality. MOVIEGUIDE® advises media wise caution for audiences.
(RoRo, B, L, V, S, A, M) Strong Romantic worldview with some light moral elements; one obscenity; no depicted violence but two very brief threats of slapping and one threat of belting a woman; no graphic sexual content, but implied fornication outside of marriage, which results in a pregnancy; no nudity; one instance of drinking wine for lunch, but no drunkenness; no smoking or use of drugs; and, father disowns daughter for becoming pregnant outside of marriage but later brings her back home, several lies to “be polite” (white lies).
THE WELL DIGGER’S DAUGHTER is a French drama about a manual laborer’s daughter, who falls in love with a young man from a wealthy family. The movie is a sort of Romeo and Juliet story, with the complication of an extramarital child involved.
The story introduces the main character, Patricia. She comes to a river she has to cross, but a young man named Jacques comes and carries her across. Then, the audience meets her father and his friend, Felipe, who secretly loves Patricia and seeks her father’s approval.
It’s revealed that the father had five daughters when his wife died. He’s quite unhappy he has no son, but loves his daughter, Patricia, just like a son. As the story continues, the relationship between Patricia and the young Jacques grows very rapidly. At the same time, Felipe is trying to find a time to propose to Patricia. He doesn’t know she loves Jacques and not him.
Jacques becomes a little aggressive and forcefully kisses Patricia, but it’s not shown, only implied. Patricia becomes embarrassed and gets in a pickle when Felipe’s car breaks down, and he can’t take her home. Patricia ends up hitching a ride with Jacques on his motorcycle. Unfortunately, she falls for him on the way home, and they end up having sexual relations. This causes havoc in her family when Patricia becomes pregnant out of wedlock.
Patricia’s father becomes sympathetic when she first reveals the secret, but he then disowns her because her child’s father, Jacques, is the son of the wealthy shop owner in town. The father has struggled with the continuation of his family line. After having five daughters, he’s lost some hope in that outcome. He forces Patricia to leave town and live with his sister. Before the child is born, Jacques doesn’t know Patricia’s pregnant. He’s called into the army to fight in World War II.
After awhile, Patricia’s father changes his mind and feels the loss of his daughter. He goes and convinces his daughter to return home with her newborn son and live with him once more.
The story doesn’t end there. Jacques is believed to have died in a plane crash after being shot down. However, Felipe comes home from the war and soon learns that Jacques hasn’t died after all. What will he do if Jacques returns and learns about his newborn son?
The production quality in THE WELL DIGGER’S DAUGHTER is very good. With great lighting and cinematography and a very well written script, the story flows naturally on the screen. The dialogue was just enough that viewers will understood what each of the characters are saying underneath everything. They will have to actively engage with the dialogue to follow the story completely. Thankfully, not everything is spoon-fed to the audience.
THE WELL DIGGER’S DAUGHTER has a strong Romantic worldview. While it has moral elements in it, including a positive ending, there are only minor references to God, but no overt Christian or Biblical content. There are, of course, a few minor questionable elements. They are often just implied acts of immorality, including an implied premarital sexual encounter. Nothing is graphically shown, however. Caution is advised for younger children.