WM Focus On: Gérard Depardieu

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  • WM Focus On: Gérard Depardieu
  • Sally Luff
  • April 4, 2016

Gérard Depardieu has become on of the most popular French actors, appreciated for his portrayal of gentle yet masculine characters. Tune in this May as World Movies celebrates two of Depardieu’s finest performances in international film over two stunning nights.

Tuesday 6 May 8.30pm
Asterix and Obelix in Britain (France, 2013)

Led by Julius Caesar, Rome has just invaded Britain. Cordelia, the Queen of the Britons, sends her trusty officer Anticlimax to seek help in Gaul, in another little village famed for its dogged resistance to the Romans. Meanwhile, Astérix and Obélix have been entrusted with a delicate mission: to make a man of Justforkix, the Chief’s devil-may-care nephew, who thinks of nothing but girls and music. When Anticlimax describes the desperate situation facing his people, Astérix and Obélix accompany him home with Justforkix in tow.

Wednesday 7 May 8.30pm
The Man Who Laughs (France/Czech Republic, 2012) Australian Television Premiere

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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