THE MAN WHO LAUGHS

L'HOMME QUI RIT

By Jean-Pierre AMÉRIS

EUROPACORP - as SALES

Drama - Completed 2012

Academy Award-nominated Gérard Depardieu (Cyrano de Bergerac) stars with César Award winner Marc-André Grondin (The First Day of the Rest of My Life) and Emmanuelle Seigner (La Vie en Rose) in Jean-Pierre Améris’s (Romantics Anonymous) adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, which was the direct

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& Awards

La Biennale di Venezia - Venice FF 2012
Out of Competition
COLCOA 2013
COLCOA Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Duration
    • 95 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Jean-Pierre AMÉRIS
    • Writer(s)
    • Guillaume LAURANT, Jean-Pierre AMÉRIS
    • Synopsis
    • Abducted and mutilated as a child by the sinister Comprachicos, Gwynplaine is abandoned and raised by traveling showman Ursus. The diabolical smile etched on his face by the Comprachicos provokes fascination and hilarity, and “The Man Who Laughs” is soon a popular fairground attraction in towns up and down the country. Audiences are enthralled by the tender romance of Gwynplaine and Dea, the young blind woman he saved from a snowstorm.
      When he discovers that he is in fact the heir to titles and riches, Gwynplaine resolves to use his position to plead the cause of the poor. But he is confronted by the cynicism and seduction of the rich and powerful. Nobody listens. They just keep on laughing at him.
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