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Le Bossu

  • Film

Time Out says

France, 1699. Count Gonzague (Luchini) stands to inherit a fortune from his cousin, the Duc de Nevers (Perez), but not if the dashing duke produces an heir before Gonzague can bump him off. Lagardère (Auteuil), a promising young swordsman, is paid to do the dirty deed, but instead wins the Duke's trust when he warns him of a cowardly ambush. The pair then set off from Paris to provincial Caylus, where a one-night stand has given Nevers a child by the daughter of a local nobleman. A wedding beckons, but not before Gonzague unleashes his worst, leaving Lagardère holding the baby, and swearing vengeance on those who sought to bloody such a happy day. This is a swashbuckler in the classic mode, and rather good at that. De Broca displays a veteran's assurance in knowing that too much tongue-in-cheek irony would devalue the cut and thrust of a traditional well turned plot. Luchini makes an exquisite villain, Perez a delightful none too bright aristo, and the reliably wonderful Auteuil simply eats up costume changes, romantic longing and breathtaking swordplay alike - all played absolutely straight.
Written by TJ

Release Details

  • Duration:129 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Philippe de Broca
  • Screenwriter:Jérôme Tonnere, Philippe de Broca, Jean Cosmos
  • Cast:
    • Daniel Auteuil
    • Fabrice Luchini
    • Vincent Perez
    • Marie Gillain
    • Yann Collette
    • Jean-François Stévenin
    • Philippe Noiret
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