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I Stand Alone (1998)
"Seul contre tous" (original title)

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A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Blandine Lenoir ...
Frankie Pain ...
His Mistress (as Frankye Pain)
Martine Audrain ...
His Mother-in-Law
Jean-François Rauger ...
Real Estate Agent
Guillaume Nicloux ...
Supermarket Manager
Olivier Doran ...
Narrator
Aïssa Djabri ...
Dr. Choukroun
Serge Faurie ...
Hospital Director
Paule Abecassis ...
Junkie
Stéphanie Sec ...
Female Hospital Patient
Arlette Balkis ...
Dying Lady
Frédéric Pfohl ...
Male Hospital Patient
Gil Bertharion Jr. ...
Bus Driver
Rado ...
Hotel Manager
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Storyline

The Butcher (known from Noe's short film Carne) has done some time in jail after beating up the guy who tried to seduce his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter. Now he wants to start a new life. He leaves his daughter in an institution and moves to Lille suburbs with his mistress. She promised him a new butcher shop. She lied. The butcher decides to go back to Paris and find his daughter. Written by Pavel Smutny <pavel.smutny.ekf@vsb.cz>

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In the bowels of France

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17 February 1999 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,955 (USA) (19 March 1999)

Gross:

$54,735 (USA) (13 August 1999)
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The main character tells the manager of the abattoir that he is 50 years old. However, the narration at the start of the movie states that the main character was born in 1939, and the movie is set in 1980, which would make him 40 or 41 years old. See more »

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[Death Opens No Door: shown in block letters on black screen]
Narrator: Death isn't much of anything in the end. We make such a big deal out of it. But up close, it's like nothing. A body without life, nothing more. People are like animals. You love them, you bury them and then it's over. Still, it's my first time seeing it. Hers too. But she seems all upset. Yet there's nothing to get all mushy over. All right, yeah. I'll walk her home. She looks fragile. Besides... she's pretty.
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I Stand Alone (1998) ***
23 May 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Good, well-directed French film in the vein of TAXI DRIVER, where an out-of-work, 50-year-old butcher slowly begins to lose control with the people and the world around him as he encounters one indignity after another. Unable to find a job no matter how hard he tries, having to contend with abuse from the fat and controlling dominant woman he lives with just because she has a few dollars, facing the burden of having fathered an illegitimate girl who now lives in a home and is unable to communicate, the tensions mount until the butcher is in danger of taking his frustrations out on himself and the miserable scum around him. The butcher's bizarre feelings and motivations are translated to us through what he's thinking, instead of relying on talk.

This is a brutal, honest, powerful movie that pulls no punches and draws the viewer into the mind of the man slowly going over the edge. Many people will be able to relate to feeling as lost and hopeless as he does, at least at some dark point in their lives. Here is a foreign film that succeeds in staying consistently interesting and captivating, despite its not having a plethora of special effects and pretty young teen stars (which so many recent American films seem to require). *** out of ****


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