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The Horseman on the Roof

The Horseman on the Roof (1996)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 5
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In this beautifully mounted historical drama, Angelo Pardi (Olivier Martinez), an Italian soldier, is fleeing his country in 1832. After the fall of Napoleon, Austria is swooping down on Italy to take control of the nation, and like many patriots, Pardi is hoping to escape to France and fight for their freedom abroad rather than submit to Austrian rule. However, as Pardi discovers upon arival, an epidemic of cholera is sweeping the land, leaving death in its wake and causing most people to be

Jun 3, 2003

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Production values count for something, and it's a good thing, too, because this French period piece takes two hours and then some to reach its conclusion without reaching even a trot.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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It's an admirably restrained film, even in the violence. Don't misunderstand: things get very rough, but not in every scene, and not until necessary.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Original, interesting story and good performances.

April 20, 2006
Video-Reviewmaster.com

colourful, sprawling romp

September 30, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

All the lusty romantic longings and adventurous thrills led nowhere, leaving me with an empty feeling.

April 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Like the Pre-Raphaelite art it evokes, it's pretty to look at, but there's not much there.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for The Horseman on the Roof

The Horseman On The Roof, is a lovely foreign film starring Juliette Binoche and Oliver Martinez.
October 18, 2008
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Mason Williams

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This gorgeous movie was set in the cholera period which wiped out the whole of Europe in 10 days. Juliette Binoche, was gorgeous as ever. The thing about this movie though that it's seems to be a romance but you don't see it anywhere but just hints of it and feel the sexual tensions between the 2 main characters. Rather disappointing for some but it's that exact same formula which makes it such a beautiful movie to watch. To top it off, it was filmed in the French countryside which is so breathtaking that you could just watch the movie for the cinematography alone. All in all, it's a superb movie in the tradition of finely French costume dramas.
May 16, 2009
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  • The Horseman on the Roof (Le Hussard sur le toit) (DE)
  • The Horseman on the Roof (Le Hussard sur le toit) (UK)
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