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Humanité (1999)
"L'humanité" (original title)

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When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions--because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident--investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuel Schotté ...
Pharaon De Winter
Séverine Caneele ...
Domino
Philippe Tullier ...
Joseph
Ghislain Ghesquère ...
Police Chief
Ginette Allegre ...
Eliane
Darius ...
Nurse (as Daniel Leroux)
Arnaud Brejon de la Lavergnee ...
Conservationist
Daniel Petillon ...
Jean, the cop
Robert Bunzi ...
English cop
Dominique Pruvost ...
Angry worker
Jean-Luc Dumont ...
CRS
Diane Gray ...
British traveller
Paul Gray ...
British traveller
Sophie Vercamer ...
Worker
Murielle Houche ...
Worker
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In a town near Lille, melancholy police superintendent Pharaon De Winter lives with his mother. An 11-year-old girl has been raped and murdered. Over the next week, De Winter investigates and grieves, his face nearly expressionless. He bikes, he gardens. He accompanies his neighbors, Joseph and Domino, to dinner and to the seaside; he even observes them in vigorous if not rough coitus. For Domino, sex seems her way of connecting. Does she fancy Pharaon? A plowed field, the sea, Pharaon's flowers, the pudenda of Domino and of the ravaged girl - this mix of images of beauty, evil, and possibility assaults Pharaon as he tries to do his job and hold on to his humanity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$10,075 (USA) (16 June 2000)

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$113,495 (USA) (22 September 2000)
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Melancholy and strangely beautiful view of reality...
18 July 2000 | by (Santa Monica, CA) – See all my reviews

In this case, largely one man's reality, although several others are involved. I hesitate to make literary comparisons, because film is a visual medium with its own immediacy, but the central characters of the novels by Emmanuel Bove and Patrick Susskind ("The Pigeon" in particular) put me very much in mind of Pharaon de Winter, the "hero" of this film and is one reason I love it. The inwardness,the soulful need that is barely understood by the man himself, the sometimes interminably slow pace bring a profound melancholic tone that I have rarely experienced on the screen.

I agree with others who've posted here, this isn't a film for everyone. But if you are moved by the deep existential reflection and quiet, sensitive behavior of a person who can empathize out of his/her own pain, I would recommend this movie.


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