Release date29 September 1993 (1993-09-29) (France) Based onGerminal
by Emile Zola WriterClaude Berri, Arlette Langmann, Emile Zola (novel) Initial releaseSeptember 29, 1993 (France) ScreenplayClaude Berri, Arlette Langmann CastMiou-Miou (Maheude), Gérard Depardieu (Toussaint Maheu), Renaud (Étienne Lantier), Jean Carmet (Vincent Maheu), Judith Henry (Catherine Maheu), Jean-Roger Milo (Chaval) Similar moviesDirected by Claude Berri, Emile Zola movies, Miner movies
TaglineWho needs God and Heaven? We can change this lousy world.
Germinal is a 1993 French epic film based on the novel by Émile Zola. It was directed by Claude Berri, and stars Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou and Renaud. At the time it was the most expensive movie ever produced in France. The film had 6,161,776 admissions in France making it the 4th most attended film of the year.
It won the César Award for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design, and was nominated for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best director, Best Writing, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Music and Best Production Design. The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
The film, set in the nineteenth century, closely follows the plot of the novel, which is a realistic story of a coalminers' strike in northern France in the 1860s.
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Miou-Miou as Maheude
Renaud as Étienne Lantier
Gérard Depardieu as Toussaint Maheu
Jean Carmet as Vincent Maheu dit Bonnemort
Judith Henry as Catherine Maheu
Jean-Roger Milo as Chaval
Laurent Terzieff as Souvarine
Bernard Fresson as Victor Deneulin
Jean-Pierre Bisson as Rasseneur
Jacques Dacqmine as Philippe Hennebeau
Anny Duperey as Madame Hennebeau
Gérard Croce as Maigrat
James Ard as the Priest
Frédéric van den Driessche as Paul Négrel
Annick Alane as Madame Grégoire
Pierre Lafont as Léon Grégoire
Yolande Moreau as La Levaque
The movie was well received by the critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 90% of 10 critics gave the film a positive review, for an average rating of 6.9/10.