The Horseman on the Roof (1996)

The Horseman on the Roof (1996)



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This opulent French costume drama is set in Provence during a 19th-century cholera epidemic and is based on Jean Giono's 1951 novel. Fleeing from a death squad, Angelo travels past many cholera-stricken villages. He sneaks into an unaffected town, but when an outbreak of cholera occurs, the villagers blame Angelo.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Franco London Films


Juliette Binoche
as Pauline de Theus
Olivier Martinez
as Angelo Pardi
Isabelle Carré
as Governess
Jean Yanne
as Wayfarer
Claudio Amendola
as Maggionari
Pierre Arditi
as Monsieur Peyrolle
Gérard Depardieu
as Magistrate
Georges Neri
as Old Harvester
Virginie Matheron
as Sick Servant
Carlos Cecchi
as Guiseppe
Patrick Medioni
as Austrian Agent
Philippe Guegan
as Austrian Agent
Jean-Francois Pages
as Austrian Agent
Elizabeth Margoni
as The Farmer's Wife
Carlos Moreno
as Harvester
Jean-Claude Dumas
as Harvester
Jean-Paul Journot
as Harvester
Gerard Lacombe
as The Inn Owner
Didier Bourguignon
as The Cholera Sufferer
Antonin Lebas-Joly
as Edmond, the Little Boy
Azur Guillier
as Camille, the Little Girl
Jacques Pater
as Militiaman
Robert Lucibello
as The Man in the Apron
Jacques Sereys
as The Old Man
Viviane Cayol
as The Sick Lady
Claire Massabo
as Madame Terrasson
Celita Villar
as The Lady at the Window
Bruno Cecillon
as The Bourgeois
Frederique Ruchaud
as Madame Marguerite
Gérard Bayle
as The Owner of the Forge
Desire Saorin
as Blacksmith
Gérard Dubouche
as Blacksmith
Alexis Nitzer
as The Hysterical Man
Lionel Robert
as The Excited Man
Serge Pauthe
as Police Station Employee
Michel Carliez
as Man With the Sabre
Herve Pierre
as Brigadier Maugin
Michel Cordes
as The Sergeant
Eric Debrosse
as Soldier
Pascal Rozand
as Young Man on the Farm
Daniel Russo
as Rigoard
Christiane Cohendy
as Madame Peyrolle
Yolande Moreau
as Madame Rigoard
Christophe Odent
as Monsieur Barthelemy
Nathalie Krebbs
as Madame Barthelemy
Yvonne Gamy
as Grandmother
Françoise Blanc
as Lucienne
Tony Lemiere
as Adrien
Jacob Reymond
as Doctor Arnoux
Joelle Sevilla
as Religious Woman
Joelle Cattino
as Religious Woman
Jean-Marie Winling
as Alexandre Petit
Fany Watier
as Fugitive
Michel Bellier
as Fugitive
Dany Castaing
as Fugitive
Norbert Sammut
as Fugitive
Alain Bauguil
as The Peasant in the Trap
Paul Freeman
as Laurent de Theus
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Critic Reviews for The Horseman on the Roof

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

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.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Sydney Morning Herald

Original, interesting story and good performances.

April 20, 2006

colourful, sprawling romp

September 29, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Like the Pre-Raphaelite art it evokes, it's pretty to look at, but there's not much there.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
Goatdog's Movies

Audience Reviews for The Horseman on the Roof

Kind of difficult to take this story of romance seriously when there's absolutely No chemistry between the 2 lead actors! If they were any stiffer I could build a deck with them!

Juli Norwood
Juli Norwood

Olivier Martinez is hot. Very sexy. Besides that, I loved this movie. If a man ever loves me like Angelo loves the countess, that is all I will ever need. Beautiful story, setting, everything.

Ashley Wormington
Ashley Wormington

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.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

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