Today I'm changing it up because though what I'm going to post about is French, it isn't a place, but a movie. "L'Hussard Sur le Toit" the American title is The Horseman on the Roof. Which is one of my all time favorite French films. It stars Juliette Binoche and Olivier Martinez. Also Gerard Depardieu. Stunning photography and a story based on the 1951 French novel of the same name by Jean Giono, I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. It has history, passion (my favorite parts!), love, duty, honor, the cholera plague, and scenery to die for. Set during the 1500s during a Cholera epidemic, a woman is driven to discover if her husband is safe or not. A man in the Italian army, a Colonel, a Hussard, is being chased by assassins. They meet and soon are traveling together. I won't say anymore but you know they are destined to fall in love. The scenery in this film is so well done that the places become as important as the people in the story. They truly make the film, as if a character alone in itself.
|Original movie poster in France
|The one for the States
|The book cover
|The Horseman on the roof! Yep, he actually did go on the rooftops at one point...
|Almost caught by guards wanting to put her in quarantine.
|But she's no pansy and fought back
|So did he. Great move in the movie when he throws the sword straight up and the crowd must move back to avoid its return to earth.
|Yes, gorgeous eye candy...