Germinal (1993 film)

Germinal is a 1993 French epic film based on the novel by Émile Zola. It was directed by Claude Berri, and stars Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou and Renaud. At the time it was the most expensive movie ever produced in France. The film had 6,161,776 admissions in France making it the 4th most attended film of the year.[3]

Film poster
Directed byClaude Berri
Produced byClaude Berri
Pierre Grunstein
Bodo Scriba
Screenplay byClaude Berri
Arlette Langmann
Based onGerminal
by Émile Zola
Jean Carmet
Judith Henry
Jean-Roger Milo
Gérard Depardieu
Music byJean-Louis Roques
CinematographyYves Angelo
Edited byHervé de Luze
Distributed byAMLF
Release date
  • 29 September 1993 (1993-09-29) (France)
Running time
160 minutes
Budget$32.5 million[1]
Box office$46.2 million[2]

It won the César Award for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design, and was nominated for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best director, Best Writing, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Music and Best Production Design. The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[4][5]

The film, set in the nineteenth century, closely follows the plot of the novel, which is a realistic story of a coalminers' strike in northern France in the 1860s.


Critical reception

The movie was well received by the critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 90% of 10 critics gave the film a positive review, for an average rating of 6.9/10. [6]

See also


  1. "Germinal (1993)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  2. "Germinal (1993)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  3. "Germinal (1993)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  4. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  5. Frook, John Evan (30 November 1993). "Acad inks Cates, unveils foreign-language entries". Variety. Retrieved 25 August 2008.
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