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In the bowels of 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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Philippe Nahon ... Le Boucher
Blandine Lenoir ... Sa Fille
Frankie Pain ... Sa Maitresse (as Frankye Pain)
Martine Audrain ... Sa Belle-Mere
Zaven ... L'Homme a la Morale
Jean-François Rauger ... Agent Immobilier

Guillaume Nicloux ... Directeur du Supermarche
Olivier Doran ... Presentateur (voice)
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
Nicolas Jouhet ... Patron de Cafe
Ahmed Bounacir ... Client de Cafe
Roland Guéridon ... Vieil Ami (as Roland Gueridon)
Hervé Gueridon ... Deuxieme Ami (as Herve Gueridon)
Sophie Nicolle ... Fille d'Interim
Paule Abecassis ... Junkie
Marie-Madeleine Denecheau ... Femme de Roland
Robert Roy ... Quatrieme Ami
Joël Leculle ... Premier Boucher (as Joel Leculle)
Denis Falgoux ... Deuxieme Boucher
Marc Faure ... Directeur de l'Abattoir
Gérard Ortega ... Patron du Bar (as Gerard Ortega)
Stéphane Derdérian ... Fils du Patron (as Stephane Derderian)
Alain Pierre ... Ami du Patron
Sylvie Raymond ... Infirmiere
Robert Schlockoff
Thierry Tronchet
André Brochenin (as Andre Brochenin)
Elisabeth Weissman
Paulette Charpentier

Laurent Aknin
Roger Daviot
Monsieur Billot ... Troisieme Boucher
Tateos Derdérian (as Tateos Derderian)
Jean-Max Causse

Directed by
Gaspar Noé 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gaspar Noé  writer

Produced by
Lucile Hadzihalilovic .... producer
Gaspar Noé .... producer
Cinematography by
Dominique Colin 
Film Editing by
Lucile Hadzihalilovic 
Gaspar Noé 
Production Design by
Alain Juteau 
Makeup Department
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique Delany .... first assistant director
Stéphane Derdérian .... first assistant director (as Stephane Derderian)
Sound Department
Jean-Luc Audy .... second unit: sound
Jean-Luc Audy .... sound
Valérie Deloof .... sound
Olivier Do Huu .... sound (as Olivier Dô Hùu)
Edmée Doroszlai .... boom operator
Olivier Le Vacon .... sound
Frédéric Pfohl .... second unit: sound (as Frederic Pfohl)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kamel Belaïd .... electrician
Pierre-Yves Le Mée .... key grip
Jérôme Mauduit .... assistant camera
Antoine Rabaté .... assistant camera
Mathieu Szpiro .... gaffer
Thierry Tronchet .... first assistant camera
Dario Argento .... special thanks
Jacques Audiard .... special thanks
Agnès B. .... sincere thanks (as Agnes B.)
Arnold Barkus .... special thanks
Nicolas Boukhrief .... special thanks
Guillaume Bréaud .... special thanks (as Guillaume Breaud)
Marc Caro .... special thanks
Jean-Max Causse .... thanks
Alain Cavalier .... sincere thanks
Álex de la Iglesia .... special thanks (as Alex de la Iglesia)
Stéphane Drouot .... special thanks (as Stepahne Drouot)
Albert Dupontel .... special thanks
Samuel Fuller .... special thanks
Christophe Gans .... special thanks
Jean-Pierre Jeunet .... special thanks
Gerald Kargl .... special thanks
Mathieu Kassovitz .... special thanks
Lionel Kopp .... special thanks
Jan Kounen .... special thanks
Francis Leroi .... special thanks
Guillaume Nicloux .... special thanks
Luis Felipe Noé .... dedicatee (as Luis Felipe Noe)
Quelou Parente .... special thanks
Bruno Podalydès .... special thanks (as Bruno Podalydes)
Vincent Ravalec .... special thanks
Jean-Michel Roux .... special thanks
Quentin Tarantino .... special thanks
Shin'ya Tsukamoto .... special thanks (as Shinya Tsukamoto)
Stéphane Violet .... special thanks (as Stephane Violet)

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Also Known As:
"Seul contre tous" - France (original title)
"Cannon" - Japan (English title)
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93 min
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It is the second piece of the mini series of Noe. First one which is called 'Carne' was produced in 1991.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
[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 sorry chump. They should write that someday. The story of a man like so many others, as common as can be. It starts off in France, shithole of cheese and Nazi lovers. Our man is born near Paris in 1939. In '41 his mother abandons him. He'll never see her again. At the War's end, he finally finds our who his father was. A French Communist killed in a German death camp. He's now six years old. Inner turmoil is part of him. Meanwhile, an educator nabs his innocence in the name of Jesus. At the age of 14, driven by survival, he learns to be a butcher. For ten years he works around saving up penny after penny to pay for his market place. At 30, he succeeds and sets up shop in Aubervilliers. After a rough couple of years, his horsemeat trade gains momentum.
Narrator:At last he can start living. He dates a young worker and bursts her hymen at the Hotel of the Future across the street from the factory she works in. But events precipitate. Nine months later, he fathers a baby girl, Cynthia, rejected by the mother. She abandons them and he's forced to raise his daughter on his own. Years go by. The meat market struggles on. The butcher pays installments on a small flat. He raises his daughter, who's locked in muteness.
Narrator:She reaches puberty. She takes on shapes. The father, unwilling bachelor, must resist temptation. And that's when tragedy strikes. The young girl has her first period.
Narrator:Stricken by an unfamiliar pain, she heads for her father's shop. A worker tries to seduce her on her way over. A neighbor spots them and takes the girl to her father. Seeing blood on her skirt, he can only think of rape. He grabs a knife and takes off after the criminal. On a nearby construction site he sees another worker. The butcher stabs his knife into his face. The innocent man survives, the butcher winds up in jail and his daughter is placed in an institution. He writes a few letters to her. Months go by. The butcher is forced to give up his flat and shop. He's out of jail, but all is lost.
Narrator:To survive, he takes a job in a bar. He becomes the matron's lover. She gets pregnant and offers to sell her bar to start over from scratch, in another city. With the proceeds, she can afford to lease a meat market. Having no other choice, the man accepts.
Narrator:For the first time, he visits his daughter. He tells her goodbye. She watches him leave without a word. The next morning, he drives out of Paris with the matron hoping to escape the dark tunnel of his existence.
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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A bleak journey in the mind of the deranged. Brilliant !, 30 June 2005
Author: NateManD from Bloomsburg PA

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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