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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
Edmée Doroszlai .... boom operator
Olivier Dô Hùu .... sound
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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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Alone against everyone, 23 May 1999
Author: matthew wilder ( 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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