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The Man Who Laughs (2012)

L'homme qui rit (original title)
A proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690.


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Arben Bajraktaraj ...
Serge Merlin ...
Christèle Tual ...
Swann Arlaud ...
Romain Morelli ...
Fanie Zanini ...
Déa enfant
Vincent de Bouard ...
Le magistrat
Pascal Ternisien ...
Le valet de Clancharlie
Jan Hnilicka ...
Le valet de la duchesse
Ludmila Safárová ...
La fermière
Markéta Hrubesová ...
La jolie paysanne


A proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690.

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26 December 2012 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Gülen adam  »

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2.35 : 1
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A dramatic modern take of the Victor Hugo classic.
22 March 2013 | by (australia) – See all my reviews

This was a remarkable and truly moving cinema experience,a heartfelt adaption of a Victor Hugo story,.Covering the full gamut of the emotional spectrum,pain,loss,abandonment,identity,loyalty,betrayal and love.Stunning performances by all the cast,in particular the two young leads who brought this reviewer to tears with their honest raw performance,lacking in histrionics, and completely devoid of cinema clichés.A truly worthy addition to the long tradition of cinema adaptations of Hugo novels. .This is the archetypal morality play with a sting in its tail,highly recommended. A noteworthy performance by Depardieu who for a change is not sleep-walking or phoning in his performance this time round ,and you sense his love of,and total involvement in this beguiling story full of magic realism touches by the director.5stars. This to me was the highlight of the French Film Festival and I look forward to other works by this director,his staging,the direction of the actors and the sensitive handling of this complex story was flawless.A thoroughly engaging cinema experience that transports you to another world yet anchors you in the harsh reality of the main protagonist and his struggle for identity and respect from his peers.Also the story touches on the search for love by all of us.It asks us the question what is truly ugly and what is beautiful both within and without.

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