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The Horseman on the Roof (1995)

Le hussard sur le toit (original title)
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In a time of war and disease, a young officer gallantly tries to help a young woman find her husband.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Pauline de Théus
Olivier Martinez ... Angelo Pardi
Pierre Arditi ... Monsieur Peyrolle
François Cluzet ... The Doctor
Jean Yanne ... Le Colporteur
Claudio Amendola ... Maggionari
Isabelle Carré ... The Tutor
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Cecchi ... Giuseppe
Christiane Cohendy Christiane Cohendy ... Madame Peyrolle
Jacques Sereys Jacques Sereys ... The old man
Nathalie Krebs Nathalie Krebs ... Madame Barthelemy
Laura Marinoni Laura Marinoni ... Carla
Elisabeth Margoni ... The farmer's wife
Yolande Moreau ... Madame Rigoard
Christophe Odent ... Monsieur Barthelemy
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Storyline

In 1832, cholera ravages Provence (South of France). After several misadventures, Angelo, young Italian officer hunted by the Austrian secret police, meets Pauline de Theus, a young lady. After a second accidental meeting, both will start the search of Pauline's husband in a chaotic country. Written by Remy Amouroux <Remy.Amouroux@imag.fr>

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Their only chance for survival was each other.


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Rated R for a scene of nudity | See all certifications »

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France

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Horseman on the Roof See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,839,000, 12 July 1996

Gross USA:

$1,877,179, 21 July 1996
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Olivier Martinez learned to fence, ride a horse and speak Italian for the film. See more »

Quotes

Pauline: They don't fear men since they have started to eat them.
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Referenced in Armageddon (1997) See more »

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A stunning romance for realists
20 December 2004 | by honeybeexxSee all my reviews

Le Hussard sur le Toit presents its audience with the grim reality of cholera-stricken rural France in 1832 and its effect on a journey of escape by two anxious visitors. The frequent images of corpses and mass burial are refreshed by the breathtaking and beautifully shot scenery, itself brought to life by characters who dilute the presence of death with an oxymoronic mix of comedy and despair. Carrion crows regularly appear, mercilessly flying around in sinister anticipation, their cawing beaks wide open with hunger.

Juliette Binoche enters only in the second half, her laconic period style beautifully portrayed, and preparing the way for her appearance as George Sand in Les Enfants du Siecle (1999). Le Hussard's plot is simple, its screenplay uncomplicated. But the action is fast and Bond-like and the innocence of Martinez' military-dominated character is uncanny. But it is its simplicity that makes this movie a work of exceptional visual satisfaction, for romantics or action-lovers alike.


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