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Recounts the struggle of working-class coal miners in France, led by Depardieu and wife Miou-Miou, to stave off poverty. While greedy investors debate how far they should lower miners' wages, the Maheu family, spurred on by newly arrived Marxist and off-camera French pop star Renaud, lead a strike. Minor themes revolving around management's adulterous adventures provide some momentary relief to relieve short attention spans. Seems so self-consciously an epic drama, however, that the overall effect is ponderous. Adaptation of the 19th century novel by Zola. In French with English subtitles.

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Available on Running time 158 minutes. Originally from French.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Miners & Mining, Books to Film: Emile Zola, Period Piece: 19th Century
Screenplay
Claude Berri, Arlette Langmann
Cast
Gerard Depardieu, Miou-Miou, Bernard Fresson, Jean Carmet, Laurent Terzieff, Anny (Annie Legras) Duperey, Renaud, Jacques Dacqmine, Judith Henry
Cinematography
Yves Angelo
Director
Claude Berri
Music
Jean-Louis Roques
Producer
Claude Berri, Pierre Grunstein, Sony Pictures Classics

Awards

Cesar 1994: Cinematog., Costume Des.

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