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Country: France

Genre: Historical Drama



In the latter half of the nineteenth century, ex-mechanic Étienne Lantier finds work in a French mine, and shares the home of a local miner and his large family. When Lantier, disgusted at a wage cut imposed on the miners, leads a strike against the managers, the result is violence and brutality on both sides. Lantier - though still hopeful that one day the workers of the world will obtain justice - realises that morality is not as black and white as he had supposed.


  • Based on the novel of the same name (serialised 1884-1885, published in book form 1885) by French writer Émile Zola (1840-1902), "Germinal" was the thirteenth novel in Zola's twenty-volume series "Les Rougon-Macquart", about life in France under the Second Empire (1852-1870). The title 'Germinal' (from the Latin for 'seed') was the name of the first Spring month in the French Revolutionary Calendar, and the novel expresses the hope that the seeds of a new and better society are already germinating in the soil of the present. "Germinal" is often considered Zola's masterpiece.

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  • Gérard Depardieu
    (Toussaint Maheu)
  • Renaud
    (Étienne Lantier)
  • Judith Henry
    (Catherine Maheu)
  • Jean-Roger Milo
  • Miou-Miou
  • Jean-Pierre Bisson
  • Laurent Terzieff
  • Albano Guaetta
    (Jeanlin Maheu)

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