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14 February 2012 (France) See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 15)

Jimmy Jean-Louis ... Toussaint Louverture (2 episodes, 2012)

Aïssa Maïga ... Suzanne (2 episodes, 2012)
Yann Ebonge ... Moyse (2 episodes, 2012)
Arthur Jugnot ... Pasquier (2 episodes, 2012)
Pierre Cassignard ... Laveaux (2 episodes, 2012)
Hubert Koundé ... Dessalines (2 episodes, 2012)
Magloire Delcros-Varaud ... Mars-Plaisir (2 episodes, 2012)
Thierry Desroses ... Christophe (2 episodes, 2012)
Eric Viellard ... Sonthonax (2 episodes, 2012)

Féodor Atkine ... Cafarelli (2 episodes, 2012)

Sonia Rolland ... Marie-Eugénie Sonthonax (2 episodes, 2012)
Valérie Mairesse ... La mère Coulinge (2 episodes, 2012)

Stany Coppet ... General Rigaud / ... (2 episodes, 2012)

Julie Dray ... LOUISE / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
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Series Directed by
Philippe Niang (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Writing credits
Sandro Agénor (2 episodes, 2012)
Alain Foix (2 episodes, 2012)
Philippe Niang (2 episodes, 2012)

Series Produced by
Jean-Louis Monthieux .... producer (2 episodes, 2012)
France Zobda .... producer (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Original Music by
Michel Amsellem (2 episodes, 2012)
Christophe Monthieux (2 episodes, 2012)
Krishoo Monthieux (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Cinematography by
Dominique Bouilleret (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jean-Daniel Fernandez-Qundez (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Casting by
Bénédicte Clariget (2 episodes, 2012)
Véronique Glaziou (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Production Design by
Jimmy Vansteenkiste (1 episode, 2012)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Philippe van Herwijnen (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Costume Design by
Cécile Dulac (2 episodes, 2012)
Chouchane Tcherpachian (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Makeup Department
Frédérica Aratus .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2012)
Bilytis Barabas .... assistant key makeup artist (1 episode, 2012)
Gérard Carrissimoux .... hair stylist (1 episode, 2012)
Fabienne Derampe .... hair stylist (1 episode, 2012)
Vesna Estord .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 2012)
Natacha Gallion .... hair stylist (1 episode, 2012)
Fabienne Gervais .... key makeup artist (1 episode, 2012)
Anouk Grédoire-Colombel .... key hair stylist (1 episode, 2012)
Marie-Anne Hum .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 2012)
Mashu .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2012)
Sylvie Mathevet .... assistant key hair stylist (1 episode, 2012)
Nadine Palix .... hair stylist (1 episode, 2012)
Julio Parodi .... hair stylist (1 episode, 2012)
Jannick Roda .... hair stylist (1 episode, 2012)
Charles Sobriel .... hair stylist (1 episode, 2012)
Michèle Tassi .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 2012)
Sarah Vanitou .... hair stylist (1 episode, 2012)
Myriam Zachelin .... hair stylist (1 episode, 2012)
Syldia Zobeide .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2012)
 
Series Production Management
Laurent Gaubil .... post-production supervisor (1 episode, 2012)
Carine Karsenti .... production manager (1 episode, 2012)
Nicolas Le Curieux .... assistant unit manager (1 episode, 2012)
François Lebourg .... assistant unit manager (1 episode, 2012)
Brigitte Tarrade .... unit manager (1 episode, 2012)

Michael Fournier .... assistant unit manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elisa Albert .... assistant director (1 episode, 2012)
Franck Delpech .... first assistant director (1 episode, 2012)
Adeline Jean-Baptiste .... third assistant director (1 episode, 2012)
Mathilde Kraemer .... assistant director (1 episode, 2012)
Marc Marie-Sainte .... assistant director (1 episode, 2012)
Jean-Luc Mathieu .... first assistant director (1 episode, 2012)
Laurent Negaret .... assistant director (1 episode, 2012)
René Veron .... third assistant director (1 episode, 2012)
Gil Zobda .... second assistant director (1 episode, 2012)
 
Series Art Department
Hadjila Nezlioui .... props buyer (2 episodes, 2012)

Magali Fontaine .... painter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Carl Goetgheluck .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2012)
Jean-Marc Lentretien .... sound designer / supervising sound editor (2 episodes, 2012)
Quentin Lévy .... foley assistant / assistant foley artist (2 episodes, 2012)
Malo Thouément .... boom operator / sound assistant (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Special Effects by
Charles-Axel Vollard .... special effects coordinator (2 episodes, 2012)
Jonathan Zenenski .... special effects technician (2 episodes, 2012)
Olivier Zenenski .... special effects supervisor (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Anthony Charbonnier .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2012)
Mathieu Legros .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2012)
Fredrik Monteil .... digital compositor (2 episodes, 2012)

Nicolas Chavigny .... matte painter (unknown episodes)
Celine Goriot .... assistant visual effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Alrik Prevel .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Jean-Marc Bellu .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Michel Bouis .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
William Cagnard .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Pierre Carbonnier .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
François Cardinali .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Michel Carliez .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2012)
Eric Etje .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Henri Fleury .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Bastien Frendo .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Manuel Frendo .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Sylvain Gabet .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Alex Martin .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Patrick Médioni .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Louis-Marie Nyee .... stunts (2 episodes, 2012)
Abdou Sagna .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
Boubacar Sagna .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Andron .... grip (1 episode, 2012)
Anton Bialas .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2012)
Hugo Bouhier .... electrician (1 episode, 2012)
Marc Contout .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2012)
Nicolas Deblonde .... first assistant camera (1 episode, 2012)
Philippe Depardieu .... gaffer (1 episode, 2012)
Laurent Dray .... grip (1 episode, 2012)
Didier Frémont .... steadicam operator (1 episode, 2012)
Cécilia Giraud .... first assistant camera (1 episode, 2012)
Raphaël Graffe .... electrician (1 episode, 2012)
Jean-Claude Jakubowitz .... electrician: groupman (1 episode, 2012)
Kamel Lyoubi .... electrician: groupman (1 episode, 2012)
Clément Melot .... electrician (1 episode, 2012)
Pauline Moreau .... second assistant camera (1 episode, 2012)
Cosimo Pagliara .... electrician (1 episode, 2012)
Guy Plasson .... key grip (1 episode, 2012)
Philippe Pouyet .... electrician (1 episode, 2012)
Jerry Pradon .... assistant camera (1 episode, 2012)
Veeren Ramsamy .... still photographer (1 episode, 2012)
Cyril Viletier .... electrician: groupman (1 episode, 2012)
Thierry Voltigeur .... grip (1 episode, 2012)
 
Series Casting Department
Bastien Beltrami .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 2012)
Fabienne Cupit .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 2012)
Laetitia Joseph .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 2012)
Vanessa Moy .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 2012)
Marine Peltier .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandrine Alpha .... costumer (1 episode, 2012)
Marie-José Alvarez .... costumer (1 episode, 2012)
Isabelle Boiton .... costumer: preparation (1 episode, 2012)
Marie Bramsen .... costumer: preparation (1 episode, 2012)
Michaëlle Chenard .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2012)
Marine Dupont .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2012)
Florence Edmont .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2012)
Sandrine Follet .... costumer (1 episode, 2012)
Marie Frémont .... costumer (1 episode, 2012)
Paloma Giallolacci .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2012)
Sylviane Gody .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2012)
Maud Grellier .... costumer (1 episode, 2012)
François Juge .... costumer (1 episode, 2012)
Sarah Lazaro .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2012)
Wendy Lebeaud .... costumer: preparation (1 episode, 2012)
John-Eric Louis-Joseph .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2012)
Carmen Mateos .... costumer: preparation (1 episode, 2012)
Julie Mauduech .... costumer (1 episode, 2012)
Guy Mayaud .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2012)
Marie-Yolande Richard .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2012)
Sandrine Velayoudon .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2012)
 
Series Editorial Department
Valentin Durning .... second assistant editor (1 episode, 2012)
Alizée Sambain .... assistant editor (1 episode, 2012)
Olivier Veinat .... color timer (1 episode, 2012)

Jean-Baptiste Combette .... post production manager (unknown episodes)
Sophie Leroy .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Hervé Courdikian .... musician: duduk (unknown episodes)
Ymelda Marie-Louise .... music consultant / musical director (unknown episodes)
Ménéus Matila .... solo singer (unknown episodes)
Krishoo Monthieux .... music executive producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Nathalie Alquier .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2012)
Corinne Branche .... horse team (2 episodes, 2012)
Georges Branche .... horse team (2 episodes, 2012)
Jean-Loup Celeyron .... horse team (2 episodes, 2012)
Christelle Chagnot .... horse team (2 episodes, 2012)
Patrice Cossoneau .... horse team (2 episodes, 2012)
Philippe Crepet .... horse team (2 episodes, 2012)
Henri Fleury .... horse team (2 episodes, 2012)
Nathalie Grauwin .... coach (2 episodes, 2012)
Fréderic Hardy .... horse team (2 episodes, 2012)
Ronan Michel .... location manager (2 episodes, 2012)
René Moreau .... horse team (2 episodes, 2012)
Pascale Renaud .... assistant script supervisor (2 episodes, 2012)
Pierre Sambet .... horse team (2 episodes, 2012)
Emmanuel Seene .... horse team (2 episodes, 2012)
 

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Starts off great, then rushes to the finish, 8 January 2014
Author: Heinz Mannberger from Amsterdam, Netherlands

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I first learned of Toussaint Louverture and his accomplishments on Hispaniola by way of American sources of the period, and their take on him was conflicted for all the obvious reasons (a republican revolution sounds good, but it being led by a black former-slave surely seems a bit uncomfortable). This two-part series was a great introduction to the man from a more direct and personal perspective.

The basic framework of the film is as follows; in 1802 Toussaint Louverture is held captive in a prison in France, where a young aid to Napoleon Bonaparte is sent to extract from him the key to uncovering his great treasure, rumoured to be worth millions. Louverture is reluctant to cooperate at first, but gradually opens up to the man, perhaps recognizing that it might be a good way to get his own side of the story recorded in history. The film then switches back and forth between scenes of Louverture's life in the French colony of Saint-Domingue and his increasingly uncomfortable stay at Fort de Joux in eastern France.

The first part of the series is quite strong: we see how the young Toussaint is traded at the colony's slave markets, meets his future wife, learns to read and write, etc. It's a tight, well executed introduction to life at the plantation and to his background. At some point the already tense relation between the monarchists and republicans, French and Spanish, and inevitably the white, black and mulatto population leads to violence. Toussaint becomes involved, rises through the ranks of the 'blacks', and after some small skirmishes comes into contact with the Spanish. It's at this point that the story seems to start cutting corners. Before too long, Toussaint finds himself in a number of situations and positions that, while not necessarily historically inaccurate, might seem somewhat hard to follow because they follow each other in such rapid succession. Towards the end, the film even has Toussaint summarize events from his prison in France, which made me wonder if this was intended to be a longer series of perhaps three or four parts that had to be wrapped up in the second film. Or perhaps the rushed feeling of the second film was the result of budgetary constraints that meant that some of the military episodes of his life couldn't be shown. I don't know.

In any case, Jimmy Jean-Louis makes for a fantastic Toussaint Louverture. He shows a great range of emotions and exudes both wisdom and authority. It's not hard to imagine such a man becoming the leader of a revolt. I was also impressed by the performances of Aïssa Maïga as Toussaint's wife Suzanne, Yann Ebonge as his nephew Moïse, and Hubert Koundé as Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Though not shown in the film, Dessalines would eventually declare Haïti independent from France. On the French side we see Pierre Cassignard as the French general Étienne Maynaud Bizefranc de Lavaux, Eric Viellard as the French commissioner Léger-Félicité Sonthonax, and Stany Coppet as the scheming leader of the mulatto faction Benoit Joseph André Rigaud. All give convincing portrayals of their characters, as each seeks to navigate the continuously changing political and military landscape. It's important to remember that in this time the French revolution was still very much a current event, and the rise and fall of Maximilien de Robespierre cast long shadows across the Atlantic Ocean. I was less impressed by the French characters in France itself, but I don't want to ascribe that to the actors (Arthur Jugnot, Féodor Atkine, and Julie Dray) because that side of the story has only a fraction of the screen time compared to the main storyline in Saint-Domingue and serves mostly as a framework.

All in all then, this series of two films is definitely worth taking a look at if you're interested in the period, region, the history of slavery, the story of 'the only successful slave revolt in history' (though the Mamluks might disagree), or even just Jimmy Jean-Louis' excellent portrayal of Toussaint Louverture.

As for his treasure? Like Zhou Enlai famously said: 'It is too early to say'.

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