Adaptation of the German short story tells of the revenge of a horse trader living in the Cévennes in the 16th century. The trader, who has lost his worldly goods, sets out on a mission of vengeance to get back what is his.
In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy and prosperous family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, this pious, upstanding man raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored. A cold, steely, blood-soaked medieval epic featuring a commanding central performance from Mads Mikkelsen. Michael Kohlhaas is a gripping tale of revenge, righteousness and rebellion.