The Horseman on the Roof is an incredible film. Not because of the plot – though that’s interesting enough: freedom fighters, secret police, damsels in distress, a rampaging epidemic, romance. And not because of the leads, though Juliette Binoche and Olivier Martinez do sufficient duty as the Lady and the Cavalry Officer respectively.
No: this is an incredible film because of the magical combination of light and landscape and celluloid film. Shot in the golden hues of a long French summer, the production took in more than 50 locations in a four month shoot. Every single scene ends up looks like an oil painting – though the opening moments in the wheatfields of Aix-en-Provence stand out. It is breath-taking and almost miraculous to look at.