In the 18th century, English aristocrats had, among their better known strange customs, one really strange one: they kept “ornamental hermits” for their gardens. These were actual people who were willing to live in squalid conditions and serve as something like museum exhibits for the amusement of the wealthy. This movie takes that notion and transfers it to 18th century France. In the story, an English hermit has somehow been brought to France in the period following the French Revolution, and prior to the Napoleonic Era, a period (1795-1799) known as “The Directory.”
Director: Pierre-Henry Salfati.
Writer: Pierre-Henry Salfati.
Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Rupert Everett, Anne Brochet, Marc de Jonge, Catherine Samie, László Szabó, Claude Duneton, Stéphane Boucher, Evelyne Didi, Olimpia Carlisi.
Note: Big shout out to Beau for sending me a subtitled copy of this film, there’s a copy of this movie “out there” but not with English subtitles so this is the first time an English subbed copy hits the internet, how cool? Thank you, Beau!