An epic historical drama about the ferment in a 19th century mining community in Northern France.
Everything about this movie is epic. The cast, the scenery, the acting, the historical accuracy. The length. Oh the length.
Already in the beginning, you kinda guess what's going to happen, who is going to die, who are going to end up together, etc. And then you watch more than 2,5 hours just to see if you were correct. And you probably were.
But that's not the point. The film acted, at least for me, as a well deserved history lesson. It was a bit predictable and looooong but I wouldn't say unpleasant. It's baffling to see the risks the miners were willing to take in order to provide for their families' and how little the bourgeoisie cared in the end.