The Horseman On The Roof

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama, Historical

An energetic, grandly appointed costume picture from Jean-Paul Rappenau, director of the international crowd-pleaser CYRANO DE BERGERAC. The screenplay, cowritten by Rappeneau, doesn't quite capture the social dimension of Jean Giono's widely beloved novel, but the film works well on the level of an old-fashioned swashbuckler, frankly melodramatic, visually...read more

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An energetic, grandly appointed costume picture from Jean-Paul Rappenau, director of the international crowd-pleaser CYRANO DE BERGERAC. The screenplay, cowritten by Rappeneau, doesn't quite capture the social dimension of Jean Giono's widely beloved novel, but the film

works well on the level of an old-fashioned swashbuckler, frankly melodramatic, visually resplendent and unapologetically emotional. As a cholera epidemic sweeps through Provence in 1832, an exiled Italian cavalryman (Olivier Martinez) seeks shelter with a beautiful French noblewoman (Juliette

Binoche). Before long, they're thrown together on a dangerous journey through the disease-ravaged countryside. It's dazzling throughout, but viewers in search of unadulterated eye-candy should be warned that the death scenes are not for the squeamish.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: R
  • Review: An energetic, grandly appointed costume picture from Jean-Paul Rappenau, director of the international crowd-pleaser CYRANO DE BERGERAC. The screenplay, cowritten by Rappeneau, doesn't quite capture the social dimension of Jean Giono's widely beloved novel… (more)

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