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In this beautifully mounted historical drama, Angelo Pardi (Olivier Martinez), an Italian soldier, is fleeing his country in 1832. After the fall of Napoleon, Austria is swooping down on Italy to take control of the nation, and like many patriots, Pardi is hoping to escape to France and fight for their freedom abroad rather than submit to Austrian rule. However, as Pardi discovers upon arival, an epidemic of cholera is sweeping the land, leaving death in its wake and causing most people to be fearful of strangers, who may well be infected. As he tries to outrun a trio of mercenaries who have been hired to take him back to Italy, he finds himself accused by a group of villagers of infecting their water supply. Trying to escape would-be captors on all sides and searching for refuge in a rainstorm, Pardi finds a house and takes shelter inside. Unknown to Pardi, Pauline (Juliette Binoche), the lady of the house, is at home, but to his pleasant surprise, she welcomes him cordially rather than sending him away. It seems that Pauline's husband is missing, and as she desperately wants to find him and Pardi needs to escape to friendlier circumstances, they travel together through the French countryside, hoping to avoid both the disease and the tragedy travelling in its wake. Reportedly the most expensive French production ever made at the time of its release, Le Hussard Sur Le Toit (released in the United States as The Horseman on the Roof) was nominated for ten Cesar Awards (the French Oscar); it won two, for Best Cinematography and Best Sound. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 21, 1995

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Pierre Gamet Best Sound 1995 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Thierry Arbogast Best Cinematography 1995 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Dominique Hennequin Best Sound 1995 Winner

Cast

Olivier Martinez
as Angelo Pardi
Juliette Binoche
as Pauline
Isabelle Carré
as Governess
François Cluzet
as Doctor
Jean Yanne
as Wayfarer
Claudio Amendola
as Maggionari
Gérard Depardieu
as Magistrate
Pierre Arditi
as Monsieur Peyrolle
Carlo Cecchi
Laura Marinoni
as Carla
Philippe Guegan
as Austrian Agent
Richard Sammel
as Franz, their leader
Elizabeth Margoni
as The Farmer's Wife
Jacques Pater
as Militiaman
Robert Lucibello
as The Man in the Apron
Jacques Sereys
as The Old Man
Frederique Ruchaud
as Madame Marquerite
Daniel Russo
as Rigoard
Christiane Cohendy
as Madame Peyrolle
Yolande Moreau
as Madame Rigoard
Christophe Odent
as Monsieur Barthelemy
Yvonne Gamy
as Grandmother
Jean-Marie Winling
as Alexandre Petit, representative
Paul Freeman
as Laurent de Theus
Yolande Moreau
as Madame Rigoard
Elizabeth Margoni
as The Farmer's Wife
Philippe Guegan
as Austrian Agent
Robert Lucibello
as The Man in the Apron
Jean-Marie Winling
as Alexandre Petit, representative
Yvonne Gamy
as Grandmother
Jacques Pater
as Militiaman
Christiane Cohendy
as Madame Peyrolle
Christophe Odent
as Monsieur Barthelemy
Frederique Ruchaud
as Madame Marquerite
Richard Sammel
as Franz, their leader
Daniel Russo
as Rigoard
Jacques Sereys
as The Old Man
Laura Marinoni
as Carla

Crew

Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Director
Jean Giono
Book Author
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Carrière
Screenwriter
Nina Companeez
Screenwriter
Thierry Arbogast
Cinematographer
Jean-Claude Petit
Composer (Music Score)
Noëlle Boisson
Editor
Ezio Frigerio
Production Designer
Christian Marti
Production Designer
Jacques Rouxel
Production Designer
Bernard Bouix
Executive Producer
Ezio Frigerio
Set Designer
Christian Marti
Set Designer
Jacques Rouxel
Set Designer
Franca Squarciapino
Costume Designer
Pierre Gamet
Sound/Sound Designer
Frédéric Auburtin
First Assistant Director
Frederique Moidon
Casting
Joel Lavau
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