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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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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

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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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2.35 : 1
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Shot over a period of four and a half months in 50 different locations. See more »

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Pauline: They don't fear men since they have started to eat them.
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A dashing romantic drama with thrilling moments.
9 July 2001 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

Provence provides a stunning locale for this romantic adventure. The camera work is exquisite and every opportunity is taken to capture the natural beauty of this region. The story is simple enough. Angelo, an Italian colonel (handsome Olivier Martinez) escapes from Austrian-oppressed Italy to raise funds in the continuing battle against Austria. He finds more than an unsympathetic acceptance in France. Most of the towns through which he rides are beset with cholera. The camera scenes of the dead and dying victims, horse-drawn carts packed high with bodies and funeral pyres are terrifying enough, but it is the fluttering of black wings as crows seek out the eyes of the dying victims that frighten most. Some of the close-ups are pretty grim. In lighter vein I liked the scene where a cat befriends our horseman and he talks to it on the roof about how wars are won with money as much as guns. The cat is a great little actor. The horseman an accomplished swordsman carves his way through many a desperate situation (What hero doesn't?) He acquires a bottle of medicine from a dying stranger who has taught him a massage technique to avert death from cholera. On his way back to Italy with a bag of gold coins, he gives protection to Pauline, a doctor's wife (Juliette Binoche)who is seeking out her missing husband in the cholera-infected area. The young 25-year old colonel who sends almost daily letters to his mother in Italy (they are really a diary of events) behaves as the perfect gentleman at all times, but his protegee is obviously drawn to him. Here is a love story where the lovers admire from a distance never submitting to the chemistry which is drawing them together. When the woman collapses with cholera, all existing barriers are forgotten as he works on her frantically with his acquired knowledge to save her life. One of the great joys of this film is to watch the handsome faces of Martinez and Binoche. Their beauty contrasts sharply with the agonised plight of the villagers and the devilish black crows which hover continuously about the dead, fluttering out through open doors and windows. The ending may not satisfy some, but it leaves us with the thought that somewhere sometime all will be well again.


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