Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel Boujenah, Alessandra Martines, Salome, Annie Girardot, Philippe Leotard, Clementine Celarie, Philippe Khorsand, Ticky Holgado, Nicole Croisille, William Leymergie, Jean Marais, Micheline Presle, Darry Cowl, Antoine Dulery, Jacques Gamblin, Pierre Vernier, Sylvie Joly, Robert Hossein, Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Cyrielle Claire, Margot Abascal, Paul Belmondo, Jacques Bonnot, Jacques Boudet
Loosely based on Victor Hugo's classic 1862 novel. Henri Fortin is a rough-hewn but good-hearted man whose trials and tribulations echo the story of Hugo's hero, Jean Valjean. Though born in the humblest of circumstances, Fortin encounters a diverse array of people in his life and is alternately perceived as a savior and a villain as the fortunes of the world are rocked by the events leading up to, including and immediately following the Second World War.
- Claude Lelouch Nominee for the 1995 BAFTA Award for Film Not in the English Language
- Winner for the 1995 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film (The Country of France)
- Winner of the 1995 Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress (Annie Girardot).