|Starring:||Gerard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Renaud, Jean Carmet, Judith Henry, Jean-Roger Milo|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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Makes you pleased to be alive todayBy a customer from Benenden Kent , 05 May 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a film that makes you think. The set is very realistic and set the scene for the tragedy that slowly unfolded. There was a touching scene where Depardu fed the baby fresh from the mine. The acting was exceptional and film well cast. It was a bit drawn out and would be better on a large screen but one hardly needed the subtitles as it is a very expressive film. Certainly worth watching.
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You'll Never Beat the SystemBy Cato (774 reviews) from Lydbury North , 07 Sep 2012A very good film trying desperately to fit all of a lengthy book into two and a half hours. It didn't wholly succeed, the characters were'nt rounded off as well as they obviously were in the original story. The theme was the age old polemic against capitalism, which will probably never end, and there was some strong acting. Depardieu always delivers.
Merci Monsieur Berri !By doughnutboy (8 reviews) from Blackpool , 19 Jan 2012A very good film from Claude Berri but not as good as his previous ones like Tchao Pantin , Jean de Florette and/or Manon des sources . It shows the hard life that miners from Northern France were having back then . Well worth watching though ! This was Renaud's first film ( he is a well known french singer ) . He reappeared with Gerard Depardieu in 2003 in a film called Wanted .
Claude Berri masterpieceBy MikeLaughton (113 reviews) from Oakham,England , 13 Apr 2011A classic French film made by master movie-maker Claude Berri.
The film depicts the struggle of French coal miners during the late 19th century.
The story is sort of a French 'The Stars Look Down' though not as sweeping as the A. J. Cronin novel.
Based on a book by Emile Zola it is still a powerful piece but at its best pictorially where Berri seems able to film the most beautiful picture no matter how grim the story or subject matter. A three-hour epic.
Flawed but still powerfulBy Minopater (261 reviews) from Wallington , 14 Jan 2011This fim is based on Emile Zola's 1885 novel about the horrendous living and working conditions of miners in Northern France. However while the novel provides a devasting contrast between the affluent and decadent lives of the mine owners and their families Claude Berri's adaptation tends to focus too much on the miners and it suffers as a result. In fact the scenes involving the mine owners come over as strangely theatrical caricatures and are too unreal to make the intended impression. The scenes of the miners' homes, the fair, the store and the tavern are excellent though and the film succeeds particularly well in the final drama of the mine collapse and its subsequent tragedy.Zola's message comes over well and the film ends with a reading of the final page of the novel as the credits roll. A bit too long but well worth viewing.
A remakeBy a customer from Stone , 17 Apr 2009Not having seen the 1913 'original', and hoping for a re-view of the 1963 version, this is (obviously) a Gerard Depardieu vehicle. It's a touch not-noir-enough for my liking, and more could have been made of the depression (in both senses) - was it too clean (literally) for me?
The original story is strong (of course), and this film finds it difficult to match that in full. Perhaps I was expecting too much. But my experiences of remakes (although perhaps not over such a great distance in time as 80 years) has tended to be disappointing. 'I grow old ...' may be a key.