Horseman on the Roof
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         Le hussard sur le toit


In a world ravaged by wars (between France, Austria and Italy) and an epidemic of cholera, in 1832, two strangers--a beautiful countess searching for her husband and a handsome rebel who, for political reasons, is being hunted by Austrian assassins--discover that their only chance for survival is each other. Based on a novel by Jean Giono. A grand epic and romanesque movie.

Background Information

The political situation in 1882


Jean-Paul Rappenau     (see also Cyrano de Bergerac)

Main Actors

Juliette Binoche, Olivier Martinez




1996, Nominated for Cesar (French Oscar) for Best Film
1996, Jean-Paul Rappenau nominated for Cesar for Best Director
1996, Juliette Binoche nominated for Cesar for Best Actress
1996, Nominated for Cesar for Best Music
1996, Nominated for Cesar for Best Costumes


135 min


1. Who is suspect when there is an epidemic?
2. What role does the cholera epidemic play in the film?
3. How do you explain the behavior of Pauline (the Countess) and of Angelo (the horseman) toward each other?
4. What are signs of love between them?
5. Does the movie have a "conclusion"?
6. Why the title of the movie?



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