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Feature film / U.S.A. / 1 h 56 / 35 mm, N&B / Directors' Fortnight 1998

England, the late 17th century. King Jacques II has his enemy Lord Clancharlie tortured to death and sells his young son to child traffickers, the "comprachicos." The boy, whom the traffickers disfigure - twisting his mouth into a hideous permanent grin - flees and saves a blind baby from the cold, Dea. Both are taken in by Ursus, a traveling showman who lives in his wagon in the company of Homo the wolf. The years pass. Gwynplaine, now known as "the man who laughs," has become a star of the fair-ground. He is in love with Dea, who has grown into a beautiful young girl and is unaware of his deformity...

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