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Gaspar Noé (writer)
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Release Date:
17 February 1999 (France) See more »
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In the bowels of France
Plot:
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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Awards:
5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Stunning achievement. See more (101 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Philippe Nahon ... The Butcher
Blandine Lenoir ... His Daughter, Cynthia
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
Nicolas Jouhet ... Cafe Owner
Ahmed Bounacir ... Cafe Customer
Roland Guéridon ... Old Friend
Sophie Nicolle ... Younger Daughter
Hervé Gueridon ... Second Friend
Marie-Madeleine Denecheau ... Roland's Wife
Robert Roy ... Fourth Friend / Lab Director
Joël Leculle ... First Butcher
Denis Falgoux ... Second Butcher
Monsieur Billot ... Third Butcher
Gérard Ortega ... Bar Owner
Alain Pierre ... Owner's Friend
Stéphane Derdérian ... Owner's Son
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zaven ... Every Man his Moral

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 
 
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
 
Sound Department
Jean-Luc Audy .... sound
Valérie Deloof .... sound
Edmée Doroszlai .... boom operator
Olivier Dô Hùu .... sound
Olivier Le Vacon .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kamel Belaïd .... electrician
Pierre-Yves Le Mée .... key grip
Antoine Rabaté .... assistant camera
Mathieu Szpiro .... gaffer
Thierry Tronchet .... first assistant camera
 
Thanks
Dario Argento .... special thanks
Nicolas Boukhrief .... special thanks
Marc Caro .... special thanks
Albert Dupontel .... special thanks
Samuel Fuller .... special thanks
Christophe Gans .... special thanks
Jean-Pierre Jeunet .... special thanks
Mathieu Kassovitz .... special thanks
Jan Kounen .... special thanks
Francis Leroi .... special thanks
Quentin Tarantino .... special thanks
Shin'ya Tsukamoto .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Seul contre tous" - France (original title)
"Cannon" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
The Butcher:Okay, I'll smile. But give me revenge.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Beat in ConcertSee more »

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63 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
A Stunning achievement., 7 January 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'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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