The Man Who Laughs (France/Czech Republic, 2012)

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  • The Man Who Laughs (France/Czech Republic, 2012)
  • Sally Luff
  • April 4, 2016

Gwynplaine, a young boy who has been mutilated and left with a grotesque scarified grin, is abandoned by his carers. Homeless, he finds the body of a woman, with her newborn baby alive and clutching her breast. Gwynplaine saves the baby and is finally taken in by Ursus (Gérard Depardieu), a vagabond who lives in a tiny caravan with his pet wolf. Fifteen years later, they move to the city and launch a popular circus act, with Gwynplaine the star. His disfigured face is warmly accepted by the crowd when he is dressed as a clown. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.

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