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If you can get your logical observer self to get past Gérard Depardieu looking like he never missed a square meal in his life
on 26 July 2017
Although I found this film 18 years after it was released it is definitely my film of the year! If you can get your logical observer self to get past Gérard Depardieu looking like he never missed a square meal in his life, let alone starving in prison for 20 years, this is quite the best version of this classic tale that I've seen. the scale of many of the sets is reminiscent of the 50/60s epics almost as big as Ben Hur. Some of the other characters, e.g. Le Compte's man servant Babouccio, are masterly, while the denouement that brings his betrayers to justice unfolds with many a twist and turn, yet with a steady, inexorable certainty. My partner, who speaks no French, greatly enjoyed the whole hour epic so the English sub-titles work well. All in all, a very satisfied viewer!