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I Stand Alone (1998)

Seul contre tous (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 17 February 1999 (France)
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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Sa Fille
Frankie Pain ...
Sa Maitresse (as Frankye Pain)
Martine Audrain ...
Zaven ...
Jean-François Rauger ...
Agent Immobilier
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Directeur du Supermarche
Olivier Doran ...
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Aïssa Djabri ...
Docteur Choukroun (as Aissa Djabri)
Serge Faurie ...
Directeur d'Hospice
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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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,955, 21 March 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$54,735, 15 August 1999
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The voice-overs heard throughout the film were written after principal photography by a drunk Gaspar Noé so as to perfectly portray the way in which the main character thought and felt. See more »

Goofs

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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[after the opening bar scene, the title sequence begins with the following in block letters: Les Cinemas de la Zone present the tragedy of a jobless butcher struggling to survive in the bowels of his nation]
[SEUL CONTRE TOUS, literally, Alone Against All, is displayed one word at a time as the narrator begins]
Narrator: To each his own life, to each his own Morality. My life?
[Various photographs, relevant to the narration are displayed, as the narrator continues]
Narrator: There's nothing to it. It's the life of a ...
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Justice 70
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Warning: not for the weak, of body or mind.
24 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

A brilliantly disturbing film, unlike anything I have ever seen. This is an incredibly detailed account of how a disturbed human mind rationalizes everyday reality. It's like looking right into the mind of a man pushed to the brink, a man capable of anything. The film darkly builds as we watch the main character fall lower and lower, becoming more and more desperate. I love a movie that can capture an emotion so strongly, and this film defiantly grabs you and does not let go. The tension literally drips off the screen making it difficult at times to take, but like a car crash, you can't take your eyes off of it.

Noe's direction is excellent. The pace is slow and methodical and cut up with a surprising sound affect that makes you jump almost every time you hear it. This just adds to the disturbing, uneasy atmosphere that the film creates.

Its a trip that not all people should take, but those of you how are not easily offended, and have a strong stomach and a good eye for art, you should go far out of you way to see this film.


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