Germinal
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Claude Berri's angry, ambitious epic, based on the 19th-century novel by Emile Zola, re-creates, as does the novel, the gut-wrenching poverty and the intense day-by-day struggles of striking French coal-miners in 1884 at the Voreux mines of France. The film centers upon the bitter toils of Maheu (Gerard Depardieu) and his family -- consisting of his iron-willed wife (Miou-Miou) and their daughter Catherine (Judith Henry), who also works in the mines. When a new miner, Etienne Lantier (Renaud), comes to Voreux to seek work, he is befriended by Maheu, who takes him on his mining crew and… More
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"Deals with a mining strike in 19th century France and comes across as a poignant depiction of class warfare."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An extremely moving tale that points to the ultimate hopelessness of the human condition."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Big and impressive in its epic scope, Germinal nevertheless suffers from uneven acting, over-the-top histrionics and a constant dark and dour tone."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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