The Man Who Laughs


In the middle of a harsh winter, Ursus, a colorful carnival boss, rescues two orphans lost in a storm: Gwynplaine, a young boy whose face is deformed by a scar that makes him look as though he's constantly laughing, and Déa, a blind girl. A few years later, they travel throughout the land, performing a show of which Gwynplaine is the star. People come everywhere to see The Man Who Laughs; he makes people laugh and enthralls the crowd. Success opens doors to the young man, he becomes famous and rich, thus distancing himself from the only two people in the world who love him for what he is.


Marc-André Grondin

Gérard Depardieu

Emmanuelle Seigner

Christa Théret

Written by
Guillaume Laurant

Jean-Pierre Améris

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Améris

Original soundtrack
Stéphane Moucha

Produced by
Edouard de Vésinne

Thomas Anargyros

Inspired by Victor Hugo’s “L’homme qui rit”