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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 »
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Alone against everyone See more (103 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
Jérôme Mauduit .... assistant camera
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:Who knows? With a little luck there'll be a war soon. WW3.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Rape Me (2000)See more »
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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Alone against everyone, 23 May 1999
Author: matthew wilder (picqueur@aol.com) from los angeles

Stunning. The writer-director Gaspar Noe's first-person account of a jobless butcher's trip on the down escalator has a lot of superficial resemblances to TAXI DRIVER, but the real unseen hand behind this shattering picture belongs to Louis-Ferdinand Celine, whose scabrous stream-of-consciousness monologues Noe has translated into scorching, nineties angry-white-man-ese. As the butcher's three hundred francs dwindle, and his handgun starts looking more and more appealing, Noe surgically implants us inside the antihero's head using a cascade of hilarious and horrifying nihilistic rants that don't quite resemble anything you've ever heard in a movie.

Noe's ingenuity in reinventing the subjective style of TAXI DRIVER is near-limitless; his array of techniques dazzles, from the Godardian intertitles that break the action like a butcher's cleaver hammering a wooden cutting board, to the deafening gunshots accompanied by digital pans and zooms that throw a Brechtian bucket of icewater on the proceedings whenever they calm down. At times the picture suggests one of Fassbinder's fatalistic fables staged as a William Castle horror movie; in a stroke of genius, Noe conceives of the inevitable crack-up finale not in terms of some novel spin on the image, but as a blizzard of scurrilous language--a head self-narrating to the implode point.

At times, the butcher's and Noe's nihilism seem to be one--and a posturing, collegiate nihilism it can be. And the penultimate section of the movie thunks along as Noe recreates painfully familiar scenes from TAXI DRIVER almost in toto. But the cumulative effect of the movie is lacerating, the way early Scorsese and Toback must have felt the first time out. French-language cinema hasn't gotten this kind of wake-up call since the (lesser) MAN BITES DOG.

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