Star rating – 7/10
Daniel Auteuil makes his directorial debut with a lovely rural French story of family honour and romance across the class divide - much like the ones in which he first made his name (at least in the UK): Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources in the 1980s. This time he plays the role of the father wanting to safeguard his beautiful daughter and even more, to vigorously defend the reputation of his family.
It is gentle and warm hearted with beautiful scenic locations and matching cinematography. Spanish actor Astrid Berges-Frisbey plays Patricia, his innocent and obedient daughter. French heart throb Nicolas Duvauchelle plays Jacques, the dashing pilot son of a wealthy family, who no sooner wins her heart than he is whisked away to fight in the Second World War.
The plot is slightly predictable, and maybe not the most challenging French film you might see this year, but nonetheless it’s a lovely old fashioned picture to warm your heart, should it need it.