Extraordinary film...Almost 30 years later this film about a setting some 200+ years ago remains of actuality, and somehow a deep reflection on today's events and the sham of a democracy. Perhaps only one small flaw to the film; the performance given by Depardieu is so exquisite, so profound, the role fits the actor so well, that it stands out almost too much next to the play of the other actors. I believe this is Depardieu best role in his entire career. I I have seen the film 3 times. Director and cinematography excels. This is a master piece.