The Well-Digger’s Daughter marks the directorial debut of one of France’s best actors, Daniel Auteuil.
Auteuil’s first feature as a director is a remake of a 1940s film (of the same name). The film is set in rural France prior to WWII. Pascal (Auteuil) is a deeply honourable man, who’s torn between his honour and his love for his daughter, when she becomes embroiled in a ‘drama’ with the wealthy son of a shop keeper. This will most likely be of interest (I suspect), to fans of French cinema or those with a fondness for Auteuil. However, don’t go expecting anything like his body of work as an actor. If you do, I fear you’ll be sorely disappointed.
Another Earth is the second feature film, from director Mike Cahill, his previous being the 2004 documentary, Boxers and Ballerinas.
I’m optimistic about this science-fiction film and if it’s half as good as indie sci-fi hit, Primer, it will be a rare treat. The film is about a tragic accident involving an ambitious student, a composer and his family. And these unfortunate events all take place on the eve of ‘another earth’ being discovered.
This leads Rhoda (the student) to wonder, whether on this other earth, her other self, has made the same terrible mistake. Cahill’s newest film certainly has promise, but contemporary science-fiction films are rarity and the good ones are even rarer, but which will this be, good or bad?
If you manage to catch either of these films, do let us know what you thought.