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A Self-Made Hero (1996)

Un héros très discret (original title)
Set in France at the end of World War II Albert Dehousse finds out his father wasn't a war hero and his mother is a collaborator. He leaves his wife and goes to Paris. Gradually he ... See full summary »

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Anouk Grinberg ...
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Yvette
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Dionnet
Nadia Barentin ...
The General's Wife
Bernard Bloch ...
Ernst
François Chattot ...
Louvier
Philippe Duclos ...
Caron
Danièle Lebrun ...
Madame Dehousse
Armand de Baudry d'Asson ...
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Wilfred Benaïche ...
Henry Nervoix
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Monsieur Jo
Philippe Berodot ...
Leguen
Gilles Del Frate ...
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Set in France at the end of World War II Albert Dehousse finds out his father wasn't a war hero and his mother is a collaborator. He leaves his wife and goes to Paris. Gradually he inveigles himself with the resistance movement. They trust him and he helps them trace collaborators. Written by David Morgans <in2023@wlv.ac.uk>

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Les vies les plus belles sont celles qu'on invente.

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12 September 1997 (USA)  »

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FRF 29,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,345 (USA) (12 September 1997)

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$69,977 (USA) (5 December 1997)
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Intelligent satire, but lacked the last step to greatness for me.
8 July 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Intelligent, droll, well made study of one man remaking himself as a hero under the cover of war.

Poses interesting questions about identity and truth, and how we all invent ourselves.

Some terrific cinematography, and a solid lead performance by Mathieu Kassovitz.

However, something was missing for me emotionally. Sometimes the ideas seemed heavy handed, and other times, motives and characters underdeveloped.

However, enough smart critics and viewers saw this as a near-masterpiece, that I'd be open to taking another look.


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