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The Man Who Laughs

The Man Who Laughs

Alternate Titles: L'Homme Qui Rit

Drama, Romance | French | 100 minutes

Company

EuropaCorp


Cast & Crew

Director

Jean-Pierre Ameris

Producer

Incognita Films

Writers

Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Ameris

Cast

Depardieu, Grondin, Christa Theret, Emmanuelle Seigner


Synopsis

Abducted and mutilated as a child by the sinister Comprachicos, Gwynplaine is abandoned and raised by traveling showman Ursus. The diabolical smile etched on his face by the Comprachicos provokes fascination and hilarity, and “The Man Who Laughs” is soon a popular fairground attraction in towns up and down the country. Audiences are enthralled by the tender romance of Gwynplaine and Dea, the young blind woman he saved from a snowstorm.
When he discovers that he is in fact the heir to titles and riches, Gwynplaine resolves to use his position to plead the cause of the poor. But he is confronted by the cynicism and seduction of the rich and powerful. Nobody listens. They just keep on laughing at him.


Completion Year

2012


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