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Love Without Pity (1989)

Un monde sans pitié (original title)
25 years old Hippo doesn't have a job, doesn't study either but lives from the money his younger brother earns with dealing and from occasional Poker winnings -- he's a representative of a ... See full summary »

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Hippo
Mireille Perrier ...
Nathalie
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Halpern
Jean-Marie Rollin ...
Xavier
Cécile Mazan ...
Francine
Aline Still ...
La mère
Paul Pavel ...
Le père
Anne Kessler ...
Adeline
Patrick Blondel ...
J.F.
Yves Boonen ...
Un normalien
Jean-Luc Porraz ...
Un normalien
Yves Dangerfield ...
Un normalien (as Vincent Vallier)
Patrick Pineau ...
Un joueur de poker
Pierre Trabut ...
Un joueur de poker
Marc Behin ...
Un joueur de poker
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25 years old Hippo doesn't have a job, doesn't study either but lives from the money his younger brother earns with dealing and from occasional Poker winnings -- he's a representative of a disillusioned generation, doesn't care what other people think of him. But of all people he falls in love with the ambitioned student Nathalie and soon finds himself forced to think about taking a job. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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22 November 1989 (France)  »

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an empty urban romance
3 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A more direct translation of the French title is 'A World Without Pity', which at least describes something of writer director Eric Rochant's weakness for adolescent angst. The film is a transparent, third-person romantic daydream about a neo-bohemian Paris dropout pursuing a beautiful, intellectual bookworm, eventually winning her affection because (apparently) his conceited arrogance is meant to represent an almost an irresistible magnetic charm. What she sees in him is anyone's guess: it would be hard to imagine a more unlikable hero in a more illogical relationship, and character motivation is not one of Rochant's more pressing concerns. It's all very pretty to look at, but underneath all the glossy camouflage is just another empty urban romance, with no real story and, despite the title (either one) with a level of self-pity approaching self-abuse.


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