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Germinal (1993)

In mid-nineteenth-century northern France, a coal mining town's workers are exploited by the mine's owner. One day, they decide to go on strike, and the authorities repress them.

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Vincent Maheu dit Bonnemort
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Paul Négrel
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Pierre Lafont ...
Léon Grégoire
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It's mid 19th century, north of France. The story of a coal miner's town. They are exploited by the mine's owner. One day the decide to go on strike, and then the authorities repress them. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for intense depiction of suffering and class conflict | See all certifications »

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31 March 1994 (USA)  »

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FRF 164,000,000 (estimated)

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$378,854
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Finnish censorship visa # V-02591. See more »

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Near the end of the film, when Etienne and Catherine are looking for the way out of the mine, we see the shadows of the lamps on the right wall of the tunnel. It's to be supposed that the only light inside the mine came from the lamps. See more »

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Coal mine owner: A strike is a disaster for everyone. Within a week you'll all starve. Then what will you do?
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Version of Germinal; or, The Toll of Labor (1913) See more »

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How in the world do you get out of exploitation by the rich?
10 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

"Germinal" is a vivid, colorful, eloquent rendering of how the life of mine workers was in Europe in late 19th century. It is also a powerful illustration of how a strike could come about in that time, and how difficult - almost hopeless - it could seem for those dirt-poor people to try and improve their miserable life conditions. Of course, the contrast with the bourgeoisie is striking and thought-provoking. Depardieu (as Maheu) is, as usual, a giant figure, and most other actors are also very convincing. One question that remains when you saw it all is : can you really change a society's deep, unfair structure without violence?


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