Took away Germinal's title
This adaptation is the most faithful and dramatic and wonderful of Zola’s novel.
I used to hold Germinal as being the pinnacle but this took that title away.
The people are not good or bad.
While the adaptation is not good or bad.
Brian Cox shows he could really act back in the day.
And Kate Nelligan is wonderful. The passion she imparts upon in her character of Therese is as if it is involuntary, as is usually the case. It’s more she loves love more than her lover.
Which is what makes the perf stand out as being unique, and so true.