Germinal (1993)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance

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In mid-nineteenth-century northern France, a coal mining town's workers are exploited by the mine's owner. One day, they decide to go on strike, and the authorities repress them.




  • Gérard Depardieu in Germinal (1993)
  • Gérard Depardieu in Germinal (1993)
  • Gérard Depardieu and Renaud in Germinal (1993)
  • Jean-Roger Milo in Germinal (1993)
  • Gérard Depardieu and Miou-Miou in Germinal (1993)
  • Gérard Depardieu and Renaud in Germinal (1993)

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10 October 1999 | Milhaud
| How in the world do you get out of exploitation by the rich?
"Germinal" is a vivid, colorful, eloquent rendering of how the life of mine workers was in Europe in late 19th century. It is also a powerful illustration of how a strike could come about in that time, and how difficult - almost hopeless - it could seem for those dirt-poor people to try and improve their miserable life conditions. Of course, the contrast with the bourgeoisie is striking and thought-provoking. Depardieu (as Maheu) is, as usual, a giant figure, and most other actors are also very convincing. One question that remains when you saw it all is : can you really change a society's deep, unfair structure without violence?

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Release Date:

31 March 1994



Country of Origin

France, Belgium, Italy

Filming Locations

Valenciennes, Nord, France

Box Office


FRF164,000,000 (estimated)

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