MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 4,454 this week

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

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  12 September 1997 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 1,840 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 15 critic

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 »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 19 Oct 2010
 
a list of 29 titles
created 01 Oct 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
a list of 32 titles
created 28 Feb 2013
 
a list of 1042 titles
created 03 Aug 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Self-Made Hero (1996)

A Self-Made Hero (1996) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Self-Made Hero.
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Venus Beauty (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Employees of a beauty parlor in search of love and happiness.

Director: Tonie Marshall
Stars: Nathalie Baye, Bulle Ogier, Samuel Le Bihan
Rust and Bone (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

Director: Jacques Audiard
Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure
A Prophet (2009)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison where he becomes a mafia kingpin.

Director: Jacques Audiard
Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif
Mon homme (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Lyon, where many are unemployed, Marie is a prostitute who loves her work: she's thoughtful and exuberant toward clients old and young, slim or flabby. One night, a homeless man sleeps ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Blier
Stars: Anouk Grinberg, Gérard Lanvin, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Bernie (1996)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Bernie, a 30 years old orphan, decides to leave his orphanage and find his parents. After an investigation, he meets Marion, a young heroin addict and falls in love with her. He believes ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Dupontel
Stars: Claude Perron, Albert Dupontel, Roland Blanche
Baxter (1989)
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A white Bull Terrier named Baxter is given to an elderly woman by her daughter. As time passes, the dog develops aggressive and murderous behavior in order to be adopted by another family.

Director: Jérôme Boivin
Stars: Lise Delamare, Jean Mercure, Jacques Spiesser
Australia (1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Australia is about Edouard Pierson, a Belgian-born wool dealer who emigrated to Australia after World War Two. The movie actual takes place in Belgium as he returns to his homeland to ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Jacques Andrien
Stars: Fanny Ardant, Jeremy Irons, Tchéky Karyo
Saxo (1987)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Ariel Zeitoun
Stars: Gérard Lanvin, Akosua Busia, Richard Brooks
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Simon is a sales representative about fifty. When Mickey, his cop friend, is being shot, he leaves everything to find the murderers. Two years before, Marx, an old gambler, met Frederic, a ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Audiard
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean Yanne, Mathieu Kassovitz
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Bruno Bayen
Stars: Bérangère Bonvoisin, Philippe Clévenot, Raphaëlle Piani
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When novelist Alessandro Battavia commits suicide, a taxi driver named Evangile and her brother Nord believe they are characters imagined in a novel, probably one written by God. Because ... See full summary »

Director: Didier Le Pêcheur
Stars: Marie Trintignant, Maria de Medeiros, Christian Charmetant
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Director: Élisabeth Rappeneau
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, André Dussollier, Martin Lamotte
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Anouk Grinberg ...
Servane
...
Yvette
...
...
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 ...
Englishman
Wilfred Benaïche ...
Henry Nervoix
...
Monsieur Jo
Philippe Berodot ...
Leguen
Gilles Del Frate ...
The Partisan
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Self-Made Hero  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$69,977 (USA) (5 December 1997)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anouk Grinberg animaldede
Discuss A Self-Made Hero (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?