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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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Cast

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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
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Directed by
Gaspar Noé 
 
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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
 
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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93 min
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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 »
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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 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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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
I Stand Alone (1998) ***, 23 May 2005
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

Good, well-directed French film in the vein of TAXI DRIVER, where an out-of-work, 50-year-old butcher slowly begins to lose control with the people and the world around him as he encounters one indignity after another. Unable to find a job no matter how hard he tries, having to contend with abuse from the fat and controlling dominant woman he lives with just because she has a few dollars, facing the burden of having fathered an illegitimate girl who now lives in a home and is unable to communicate, the tensions mount until the butcher is in danger of taking his frustrations out on himself and the miserable scum around him. The butcher's bizarre feelings and motivations are translated to us through what he's thinking, instead of relying on talk.

This is a brutal, honest, powerful movie that pulls no punches and draws the viewer into the mind of the man slowly going over the edge. Many people will be able to relate to feeling as lost and hopeless as he does, at least at some dark point in their lives. Here is a foreign film that succeeds in staying consistently interesting and captivating, despite its not having a plethora of special effects and pretty young teen stars (which so many recent American films seem to require).

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