HUNCHBACK

By Marek SLEDZIEWSKI, Roger CHRISTIAN

SPICE FACTORY - as PROD

Family - Development 2006


    • Year of production
    • 2006
    • Genres
    • Family, Drama
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM, POLAND
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Director(s)
    • Marek SLEDZIEWSKI, Roger CHRISTIAN
    • Synopsis
    • Life for Quasimodo, the hunchback bell ringer of the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral in 1482 Paris, has been filled with torment and shame. During his dramatic childbirth, a terribly deformed Quasimodo was thought to be a demon and was persecuted by the townspeople, forcing his parents to move to the outskirts of Paris. Their peaceful existence was crushed by the greedy Clopin, who mercilessly killed Quasimodo's parents in the hopes to kidnap him and make a profitable sale. Quasimodo escaped Clopin's diabolical grasp but was then left an orphan.
      Weeks later, the priest Frollo, and the Cardinal of Bourbon, happen upon Quasimodo, living among decaying corpses and disease carrying rats. Disgusted by the boy's atrocious appearance, Frollo refused to aid him. However, when the Cardinal discovered this, he made it Folio’s penance to look after Quasimodo for the rest of his years. Frollo resented not only Quasimodo, but also the Cardinal for robbing him of his freedom.
      Decades later, rejected by society, Quasimodo lives in solitude in "the cave" of Notre Dame, under the strict abusive ruling of Frollo. It is a dark, claustrophobic space in the high grounds of the grandiose Cathedral. One fateful night Quasimodo saved Esmeralda, a beautiful young gypsy, from a terrorizing wolf attack and since then the gentle hunchback has been fascinated by her. Esmeralda's cultural background is misunderstood by the ignorant mass, led by a ruthless Main Sergeant, who believes her to be a sorceress.
      Unbeknownst to Quasimodo and Esmeralda, Frollo has become totally obsessed with the gypsy. A torn Frollo cannot control his animalistic desires and eventually concludes that Esmeralda is evil and must be vanquished. Luckily for Esmeralda, she gets unexpected help from Pierre, a smart, resourceful poet.
      Using Clopin's greed, Frollo baits Esmeralda into the Cardinal's presence. Frollo kills the Cardinal and frames the shocked Esmeralda for it. With this heinous crime, Frollo frees himself of the duty of looking after Quasimodo, who has grown significantly closer to Esmeralda. This unique emotional connection between the two eats away at Folio’s soul, which is filled with acidic jealousy and hatred.
      With Esmeralda being sentenced to death, a brave Quasimodo rescues her and offers sanctuary in Notre Dame, the very same structure that houses her biggest threat. All hell breaks loose and Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Clopin, Pierre, Frollo and the Main Sergeant find themselves together under the roof of Notre Dame. The gates of damnation have opened in the house of God, and sacrifices must be made in order to put a stop to the evildoers of the troubled city of Paris.
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