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A Mere Mortal (1991)
"Simple mortel" (original title)

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A young man, a researcher in ancient languages, begins to receive strange radio messages in a language only he knows. The messages ask him for very bizarre missions. Eventually, he ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Volter ...
Christophe Bourseiller ...
Nathalie Roussel ...
Roland Giraud ...
Maaike Jansen ...
La psychanalyste
Marcel Maréchal ...
L'homme du parking
Arlette Thomas ...
La concierge
Michel Lengliney ...
Le médecin
Denise Guillard ...
Daniel Schropfer ...
Le chauffeur du taxi
Jean-Pierre Vincent ...
L'autre chauffeur
Daniel Milgram ...
Le patron du bar
Assani Chapi ...
Le Pakistanais
Gérard Touratier ...
Un client du bar
Gérard Douarin ...
Un client du bar


A young man, a researcher in ancient languages, begins to receive strange radio messages in a language only he knows. The messages ask him for very bizarre missions. Eventually, he understands that he's just a pawn in an intergalactic game, and that the fate of Earth depends on him. Written by Anonymous

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28 August 1991 (France)  »

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A Mere Mortal  »

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A mere mortal thinks he's God?
30 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is the second Pierre Jolivet movie I see ;the first one I saw a couple of years ago("force majeure") was marred by a happy end which made the story null and void(not to mention a very poor actor:Patrick Bruel).

"Simple mortel" is a different matter,simply because it goes to the very end.And it allows some uncertainty to remain after the viewing. -Is-it a sci-fi film in which ETs try to get in touch with the hero,the "chosen one"? -Is-it the story of a man going nuts?

This is a really offbeat story,without one single special effect -which is quite a feat-,with a slow beginning:the first fifteen minutes are a bit boring.But the movie hits its stride after and remains absorbing till the end:series of bizarre warnings ,of events that should not happen but did happen.Jolivet's main quality is to put his disturbing facts into daily life.

Does the hero actually hear those voices who ask him to save the planet ?After all,in the late Middle Ages ,it happened once to a young peasant girl from Lorraine.She said she heard three saints' voices ,asking her to come to her king's rescue.Nowadays the extra-terrestrials have replaced those holy men and women .It does not make a big difference.

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