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L'homme qui rit (2012)

During the reign of King James II, in 1685-1688, a proud noble refuses to kiss his hand.


Jean-Pierre Améris (scenario & adaptation), Victor Hugo (novel) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Ursus
Marc-André Grondin ... Gwynplaine
Emmanuelle Seigner ... La duchesse Josiane
Christa Théret ... Déa
Arben Bajraktaraj ... Hardquanone
Serge Merlin Serge Merlin ... Barkilphedro
Christèle Tual Christèle Tual ... Clémence
Swann Arlaud ... Sylvain
Romain Morelli Romain Morelli ... Gwynplaine enfant
Fanie Zanini Fanie Zanini ... Déa enfant
Vincent de Bouard Vincent de Bouard ... Le magistrat
Pascal Ternisien Pascal Ternisien ... Le valet de Clancharlie
Jan Hnilicka Jan Hnilicka ... Le valet de la duchesse
Ludmila Safárová Ludmila Safárová ... La fermière
Markéta Hrubesová ... La jolie paysanne


During the reign of King James II, in 1685-1688, a proud noble refuses to kiss his hand.

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Release Date:

26 December 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Gülen adam See more »

Filming Locations:

Chotesov, Czech Republic See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Given the setting of the mid 1700s, it is extremely unlikely that milk was purchased in glass bottles, or that fairground performers would have access to drinking vessels made of glass. See more »


Version of L'uomo che ride (1966) See more »


Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Written and performed by Arvo Pärt
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Arresting adaptation
16 March 2013 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Barrandov Studios studio filmed version from newly prominent Améris, (Les émotifs anonymes ) ignores the Paggliacci element of the Victor Hugo story. We edge instead into Tim Burton territory. The red of the lamp reflected on the sail as the one warm patch in the grey frame, the sinister black and gold family mansion and the red and white of the Court are extraordinary feats of design.

Depardieu gets one of his bets outings in the traveling showman role, taking the disfigured boy and blind girl to the carnival, soon contrasting the sympathetic fairground and the stone hearted nobles.

Only a marginal connection to any reality but the film's mesmerising look dominates performances and story and makes this one of the more notable films of the moment.

I miss Conrad Veidt, Cesare Gravina and Josephine Cowl but his lot have created their own space.

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