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

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  17 February 1999 (France)
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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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Blandine Lenoir ...
Frankie Pain ...
Sa Maitresse (as Frankye Pain)
Martine Audrain ...
Sa Belle-Mere
Zaven ...
L'Homme a la Morale
Jean-François Rauger ...
Agent Immobilier
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Olivier Doran ...
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Aïssa Djabri ...
Docteur Choukroun (as Aissa Djabri)
Serge Faurie ...
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Frédéric Pfohl ...
Infirmier de Hospice (as Frederic Pfohl)
Stéphanie Sec ...
Infirmiere de Hospice (as Stephanie Sec)
Arlette Balkis ...
Femme Mourante
Gil Bertharion Jr. ...
Camionneur (as Gil Bertharion Jr)
Rado ...
Gardien de l'Hotel
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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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$6,955 (USA) (19 March 1999)

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$54,735 (USA) (13 August 1999)
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Trivia

It is the second piece of the mini series of Noe. First one which is called 'Carne' was produced in 1991. See more »

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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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[MORALITY, in huge block letters, is displayed against a black screen at opening of film]
[cut to a man holding court, talking to another patron while sitting at a table in a bar]
Every Man his Moral: You know what Morality is? I'll tell you what it is. Morality is made for those who own it. The rich. And you know who's always right? The rich. And the poor pay the price.
[cut to the word JUSTICE displayed and then back to bar]
Every Man his Moral: You want to see my Morality?
Captive bar patron: Yeah.
Every Man his Moral: Yeah?
Captive bar patron: Yeah.
Every Man his Moral: Sure you won't regret it?
Captive bar patron: I don't know.
[...]
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A Stunning achievement.
7 January 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'I Stand Alone' goes where few movies dare these days. It presents a portrait of hatred, disgust, despair and nihilism. Many would probably not like to face up to the fact that people like "The Butcher" exist in our society, but they do. By ignoring them we compound the problems they present and represent.

Philippe Nahon plays a middle aged unemployed French butcher who is trapped in a loveless relationship with his pregnant girlfriend (Frankye Pain). She has some money and uses it as a power trip, promising to set him up with a new shop. When that doesn't eventuate he attacks her in a fit of rage, and leaves with a gun and three bullets. He heads back to Paris with no money and no prospects. As he sinks lower and lower into hopelessness his anger intensifies, and his mind races with fantasies of violence and revenge.

This is a confronting and profoundly disturbing movie, mainly because of it's realism and believability. While it certainly features some scenes of extreme violence, and one scene of explicit pornography (blurred in the print I watched), most of what makes it so powerful and horrible is the almost non-stop venomous monologues of "The Butcher". Director Gaspar Noe self consciously apes Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver' in several scenes, but this movie is a truly original vision. Highly recommended for movie buffs with strong stomachs, and the ability to deal with dark and troubling material.


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