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The Horseman on the Roof [DVD] [1996]

Olivier Martinez , Juliette Binoche , Jean-Paul Rappeneau    DVD
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  • Actors: Olivier Martinez, Juliette Binoche, Pierre Arditi, François Cluzet, Jean Yanne
  • Directors: Jean-Paul Rappeneau
  • Writers: Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Jean Giono, Jean-Claude Carrière, Nina Companeez
  • Producers: Bernard Bouix, René Cleitman
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004WZI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,868 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Olivier Martinez (The Chambermaid) plays Angelo, an exceptionally gallant, Italian soldier-in-exile hiding out from his Austrian enemies in rural France, where a cholera epidemic is sweeping the countryside. Helped in a tough spot by a countess (Juliette Binoche), Angelo swears his unyielding protection to her as she searches for her missing husband. The nobler virtues hold sway as Martinez suppresses his own deepening love and desire for the lady, an admirable posture that has ironic consequences when the countess herself becomes deathly ill. Jean-Paul Rappeneau, maker of the ornamental but empty Cyrano de Bergerac, directs this adventure-romance to a nice pitch of vitality and high drama. The two leads in Horseman on the Roof establish a great chemistry (they became offscreen lovers and parents), like watching a pair of thoroughbreds running in the same race. --Tom Keogh

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nemesis fast pursuing 5 Jan 2008
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a chase movie. It opens in the 1830s in Aix-en-Provence with the town en fête, Italian nationalists are in exile there plotting a return to oppose Austrian rule of Italy. An Austrian special forces team is sent to clip them. For all they drive in a coach and use flintlock pistols they are recognisably brothers under the skin with assassins from any modern movie, aided by their otherness (they speak in German). One Italian is executed but the second (a colonel of hussars and our hero) escapes and the chase is on. It is a chase across a world that has long gone, as if Flashman were pursued through Hardy country. The farming communities are beautifully observed; one can feel the heat of the harvest fields, one joins the communal tables, I can recognise it from conversation with my grandparents.

But the chase is not just to be from the Habsburg Hit Squad because this is the year of the cholera. We encounter first the dead, then the deranged animals and emboldened carrion eaters. Then whole towns are driven mad. Our hero is pursued by pestilence, hysteria and Austrians; a maxed up chase movie. Fortunately the hero (played by Olivier Martinez) is an action type escaping by grasping at chances and not giving in; a man driven to courage by his mother's upbraiding. He eventually meets our heroine, a young noblewoman who is trying to get back to her husband in Alpine France. The rest of their journey is just as eventful as they are now pursued by the French authorities (cue some wonderful uniforms) anxious to quarantine everyone. At a low point, in a Hitchcockian moment, they are even attacked by birds. It is as if the stars in their very courses fight against our heroes.

As with all good chase movies the terrain changes as the pursued flee.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful love-story in a time of an epidemic in the Provence! 15 May 2007
By April79marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie (directed by Rappeneau) is actually the adaptation of a novel by Jean Giono who alost always based the stories of his novels in the South of France, in the Provence. Olivier Martinez is Angelo, a young Italian Captain/horserider of the army (sorry don't know the grade in American English, he is a 'hussard'). He has to escape to France because he is chased by Austrian assassins and conspirators. Once there,in the South of France, he discovers that there is a serious epidemic of cholera. He has to deal with crazy local people but he also tries to help them. One day, he takes refuge in the house of Pauline De Theus (beautiful Juliette Binoche)...

This is the beginning of their story which is a very moving love story, even if their love must remain a platonic one. You can feel the power of their love in the looks between the actors, in their interactions and some of their arguments and there is one fine example of the power of Angelo's love for Pauline at the end of the movie; I will let you find out. Only the deepest love can do that.

I Love Olivier Martinez's part, Angelo is a wonderful character, you can't help being drawn to him, the actor brings the character to life to the perfection(I think it is one of his best parts). The actor is very charismatic!As for Juliette Binoche, she is glowing in the part of Pauline.

THe landscapes and the photography are fantastic and this movie also shows us how people react in a time of an epidemic, how fear can make them act wildly. Give yourself a treat. It's one of the best French period movie I've ever seen.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful fairytale! 1 July 2006
By AmericanBulldogger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie is one of my all time favorites! The countryside is absolutely amazing. One of the best things about it is what is actually missing....no sex! Just a lot of sincerity and passion between the two characters. The ending is like a drop of honey on the tip of the tongue. Even subtitled it is still amazing! An english version probably wouldn't do it the justice it deserves. It's perfect just like it is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars John du Prey - Classical Review 13 Mar 2012
By John du Prey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Les mots, « je respire lourd, pas à cause du danger extrême que nous faisons face à, mais à cause de vous, mon Amour, » semble définir ce couche chevaleresque et l'engagement d'audience de demande avec immédiat, les conséquences d'audacieux. Fuoco robuste de contre de passion, comme présenté dans cet idylle historique (réglant : Aix-de-Provence, France, dans 1832), est sur nous (de Prélude à l'Epilogue) dans Jean-Paul Rappeneou le de sur de Hussard Du de film épique Toit (Le Cavalier sur le Toit). Dans les secondes, l'écran est rempli l'équitation brillante, le danger soudain des assassins, et deux acteurs charismatiques (dans le vol pour leurs vies).

Incapable de résister l'empathie directe, nous pouvons sauter facilement du lit, à un étalon puissant, éluder l'assaut la nuit par les épéistes, avant d'Agit je glisse sa couverture soyeuse sur nos épaules. Nous ne sommes jamais lents à réagir et défendre notre héroïne (Madame de Theus, joué avec la résolution mystérieuse par Juliette Binoche ; sa beauté élève seul le film). Encore, l'empathie dramatique d'un haut ordre prévaut parce que l'intention du directeur est atteinte, maintenir la tension et le danger soutenue sans n'importe quel diminuendo (a eu besoin de) ; monter avec le crescendo puissant au dénouement, dans le point culminant majeur ; qui peut être une vraie expérience de garde du corps pour un téléspectateur de femme quand son homme n'éprouve pas la fatigue (indépendamment de). Pour accomplir cette tournée de la force, le film doit être rempli au bord avec l'alcool répugnant d'aventure ; en fait, il est consommé avec une loyauté de l'homme extrême à sa Dame. La chevalerie a placé à ses pieds.

Même la réaction de notre héros (Angelo Pardi, joué avec la passion par Olivier Martinez) au point d'une épée est voluptueuxment précaire, parce qu'il tout risque. La mort peut le coincer, mais une chevalerie du chevalier est si dans sa compréhension, il peut outride, outfight la police secrète ; sauter des assassins passés (évoquant d'Errol Flynn dans ses meilleurs rôles) ; et comme son chevalier-gardien la protège à travers le jour et à travers la nuit. Nous terminons le film avec la passion inexprimée. L'intensité dramatique est restée suraiguë, sans concession, aux mots finals de notre héroïne. Nous sommes, je crois, moins gêné pour un temps après avoir regardé ce film. Notre récompense juste : Nous voulons prendre un étalon dans nos rêves, maintenant si affecté par ce film, son action acharnée, et sa bande sonore remuant.
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