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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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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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A Comedy Masterpiece
26 August 2002 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

This film is a true masterpiece. The character delineation of our hero and how he gets there is true comedy at its best. Great comedy not only makes us laugh but makes us reflect on human life at the same time. This film does that. We get a satire on recent French history and well as the mores of the society. There are so many scenes where one knows that only a French film could be made this way.

This film is even better than Mr. Audiard's marvelous film "Read My Lips." The acting is superb and the script flawless. Do yourself a favor and rent this.


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