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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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L'Homme a la Morale
Jean-François Rauger ...
Agent Immobilier
Directeur du Supermarche
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Presentateur (voice)
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Stéphanie Sec ...
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Arlette Balkis ...
Femme Mourante
Gil Bertharion Jr. ...
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Rado ...
Gardien de l'Hotel


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 <>

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In the bowels of France


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

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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]
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Every Man his Moral: You want to see my Morality?
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A bleak journey in the mind of the deranged. Brilliant !
30 June 2005 | by (Bloomsburg PA) – See all my reviews

In the last couple years, french filmmaker Casper Noe has created quite a name for himself. With two full length films that are both extreme and psychologically disturbing. "I Stand Alone" is not as disturbing as Noe's "Irreversible", but it still is a bumpy ride that some people might not be prepared for. The main character is the jobless butcher, who is featured in Noe's other films. The film narrates the history of the butcher's life and all the hardships he has faced. It's 1980 in the film, and the butcher can't find a job. He lives with his whiny pregnant girlfriend along with her mother. The butcher's mute daughter seems to be the only person he cares about. Throughout the film, we hear the thoughts of the butcher, which are angry, hateful and horrifying. He's at the point of a midlife crisis, and wants to now live his life for vengeance. Peace of mind through a hand gun, so to speak. He slowly starts to loose his sanity as he endlessly searches for a job, and is turned down repeatedly. The film is very bleak like "Taxi Driver" and "Bad Luitenant" and psychotically tense like "Clean Shaven". Viewers are even warned before the disturbing finale. Let's just say the butcher loves his daughter a little too too much. Casper Noe takes us inside the mind of a man who's sometimes racist, misogynistic and homophobic but is still sympathetic towards the character's insanity. In fact, I felt so bad for the butcher that the film made me almost cry. It has such poetic emotion. I have to say, "I Stand Alone" and "Clean Shaven" are the two films which portray mental illness the most realistically. I say this because I have suffered with mental health problems since I was young, and have been on many medications. At one point of my life, when I was working 70 hours a week and on two medications, I almost had a similar emotional breakdown like in the film. That's why I can identify with the butcher. The film is so gritty and realistic in it's portrait of insanity. Many people will probably find the finale frightening. "I Stand Alone" is a masterpiece of psychological drama and intensity unlike any other film. Casper Noe just may become this generation's Roman Polanski. I can't even imagine what he's going to do next.

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