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A Self-Made Hero (1996)
"Un héros très discret" (original title)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  12 September 1997 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Dionnet
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Bernard Bloch ...
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Louvier
Philippe Duclos ...
Caron
Danièle Lebrun ...
Madame Dehousse
Armand de Baudry d'Asson ...
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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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FRF 29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$69,977 (USA) (5 December 1997)
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Lacks of tension
23 May 2002 | by (Arenys de Mar, Catalonia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Original in its subject (the story is about a fake hero in the Second World War, but it deals too with the way we all build our everyday masking personality in front of the society)and its form (the film is structured as a mock documentary), "A self-made hero" contains lots of irony and a great performance of Kassovitz. However, even though it didn't want to be a thriller, the plot needed more tension and unfortunately lacks of it. We rarely have the feeling that the main character is going to be discovered and due to that some twists aren't believable at all.


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