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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 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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The Butcher: People think they're free. But freedom doesn't exist. Just laws that unknown people made to protect themselves.
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Living without love
16 August 2004 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

The movie shocked me, it made me feel sad, sorry and ashamed.

It shows how a potentially good human being can become bad due to the lack of love in our society. Society and it's egoism, loneliness, selfishness, and individualism affect all humans. Some more than others. This movie is a rather extreme example, but it is definitely what is needed to shake you and make this world a better place.

Some might interpret it as a useless display of bitterness and turn their head to keep on living their "comfortable" lives. Probably most will do that by fear of confronting such a terrible reality. With that attitude nothing will change.

I see the main's characters attitude as the natural consequence of a society without love, a society where everything is given in exchange of something (natural consequence of capitalism). Unfortunately people living afraid and with no love are everywhere. Their acts are a consequence of the extreme individualism and lack of interest of human beings towards others, hence the lack of care for themselves, hence the lack of love.

"Life is a selfish act". Unfortunately our society, or in other words ourselves, act selfishly. As long as that keeps on going the world will be a sad, boring and lonely place.

I have faith in humanity and in living in a world of care, respect, tolerance and responsibility towards the rest. Unfortunately we still have a looooong way to go.

I recommend it to everyone, specially the ones who do not like facing reality and prefer living in "comfort". They need it more than anyone. I give it a well merited 10.


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