Le Colonel Chabert (1994)


Le Colonel Chabert (English title: Colonel Chabert) is a 1994 French historical drama film directed by Yves Angelo and starring Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant and Fabrice Luchini. It is based on the novel Le Colonel Chabert by Honoré de Balzac.

Another film adaptation of the novel starring Raimu had been released 50 years earlier, during the German occupation of France.


In Paris, in February 1817, three years after the fall of the Empire, the lawyer Derville receives a visit from a shabbily dressed man. He claims to be Colonel Chabert, believed dead at the Battle of Eylau in 1807. He had contributed to the victory by leading a famous cavalry charge against the Russians.

The man tells how, waking in a mass grave surrounded by corpses, he survived his wounds.

He has returned ten years later and wishes to claim his title, to assert his rights and to live again with his wife, who has greatly increased the fortune she inherited from him. She, during his absence, has married Count Ferraud and had children.

She refuses to recognise her first husband. Derville agrees to help the colonel by proposing a settlement in which she will make a large settlement on Chabert if he agrees to divorce her and give up his claims. She refuses the proposed terms and tries to manipulate her ex-husband, asking him to declare his claim is fraudulent. Chabert, disgusted by her deceitfulness and the idea of him renouncing his name, abandons his claim.

Colonel Chabert finishes his life penniless and in an asylum, reminiscing on his last battle.


  • Gérard Depardieu … Amédé Chabert.
  • Fabrice Luchini … Maître Derville.
  • Fanny Ardant … Countess Ferraud.
  • André Dussollier … Count Ferraud.
  • Daniel Prévost … Boucard.
  • Olivier Saladin … Huré.
  • Maxime Leroux … Godeschal.
  • Éric Elmosnino … Maître Desroches.
  • Guillaume Romain … Simonin.
  • Patrick Bordier … Boutin.
  • Claude Rich … Chamblin.
  • Jean Cosmos … Costaz.
  • Jacky Nercessian … Delbecq.
  • Albert Delpy … Maître Roguin.
  • Romane Bohringer … Sophie.
  • Valérie Bettencourt … Julie.
  • Julie Depardieu … A maid.

Awards and Nominations

  • Cairo Film Festival (Egypt).
    • Won: Golden Pyramid (Yves Angelo).
  • César Awards (France).
    • Nominated: Best Actor – Leading Role (Gérard Depardieu).
    • Nominated: Best Actor – Supporting Role (Fabrice Luchini).
    • Nominated: Best Cinematography (Bernard Lutic).
    • Nominated: Best Costume Design (Franca Squarciapino).
    • Nominated: Best First Work (Yves Angelo).
    • Nominated: Best Production Design (Bernard Vézat).

Colonel Chabert Series

  • Colonel Chabert (1832, novel outline).
  • Le Colonel Chabert (1911) (French).
  • Colonel Chabert (1920) (German).
  • Il Colonello Chabert (1920) (Italian).
  • Man Without a Name (Mensch ohne Namen) (1932) (German).
  • Le Colonel Chabert (1943) (French).
  • Le Colonel Chabert (Полковник Шабер) (1978) (Russian).
  • Le Colonel Chabert (1994) (French).


  • Certain interior scenes filmed at Château de Bizy in Vernon, Eure.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director:
    • Yves Angelo.
  • Producer(s):
    • Jean-Louis Livi … producer.
    • Bernard Marescot … executive producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Yves Angelo.
    • Jean Cosmos.
    • Véronique Lagrange.
    • Honoré de Balzac … (novel).
  • Music:
    • Regis Pasquier.
  • Cinematography:
    • Bernard Lutic.
  • Editor(s):
    • Thierry Derocles.
  • Production:
    • Canal+.
    • DD Productions.
    • Film Par Film.
    • Orly Films.
    • Paravision International S.A.
    • Sidonie.
    • Sédif Productions.
    • TF1 Films Production.
  • Distribution:
    • AMLF (1994) (France) (theatrical).
    • Cine Company S.A. (1995) (Spain) (theatrical).
    • Norstar Entertainment (1994) (Canada) (theatrical) (subtitled).
    • October Films (1994) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled).
    • Malofilm Home Video (1995) (Canada) (VHS).
    • Pidax Film (2019) (Germany) (DVD).
    • PlayArte Home Vídeo (Brazil) (VHS).
    • Republic Pictures Home Video (1995) (USA) (VHS).
  • Release Date: 09 September 1994 (Toronto International Film Festival).
  • Running time: 102 minutes.
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: France.
  • Language: French.

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