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Humanité (1999) More at IMDbPro »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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Emmanuel Schotté ... l'inspecteur de police Pharaon De Winter
Séverine Caneele ... Domino
Philippe Tullier ... Joseph
Ghislain Ghesquère ... Le commissaire de police
Darius ... L'infirmier (as Daniel Leroux)
Daniel Petillon ... Jean - un policier
Robert Bunzi ... Le policier anglais
Dominique Pruvost ... L'ouvrier virulent
Jean-Luc Dumont ... Le CRS
Diane Gray ... La voyageuse anglaise
Paul Gray ... Le voyageur anglais
Sophie Vercamer ... Une ouvrière
Murielle Houche ... Une ouvrière
Pascaline Guyot ... Une ouvrière
Liliane Facq ... Une ouvrière
Myriam Dehaine ... Une ouvrière
Bernard Catrycke ... Le père de Nadège
Marthe Vandenberg ... La grand-mère
Amanda Goemaere ... Une fillette
Honorine Douche ... Une fillette
Marie-Thérèse Cadet ... La mère
Denis Claerebout ... Le père
Suzanne Berteloot ... L'infirmière
Sylvie Perel ... L'amie de Domino
Malik Haquem ... Le dealer
Pierre-Olivier Thery ... Un collègue de Pharaon
Frédéric Engelaere ... Le jeune ouvrier
Françoise Blavoet ... Une visiteuse du fort
Chantal Desmettre ... Une visiteuse du fort
Jocelyne Vasseur ... Une visiteuse du fort
Annie Hennon ... Une visiteuse du fort
Pierre Raes ... Un visiteur du fort
Pierre Harrisson ... L'homme en pyjama
Mathieu Daussy ... Un étudiant à la brasserie
Marion Robyn ... Une étudiante à la brasserie
Laurent Pecqueur ... Un étudiant à la brasserie
Cédric Delplace ... Un étudiant à la brasserie
Julie Legras ... Une étudiante à la brasserie
Sylvain Backerlandt ... Un étudiant à la brasserie
Marie-Hélène Aernout ... Aline
Lucien Hallynck ... L'homme au béret
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Bailleul ... Un ouvrier
Edwige Benault ... Une voisine
Leslie Benault ... Un voisin
Hamid Bouderja ... Un technicien du musée
Sylvain Boulanger ... Un membre des forces de l'ordre
Daniel Braems ... Un ouvrier
Jean-François Carpentier ... Le pêcheur
Micheline Cerouter ... Une voisine
Ludovic Cousin ... Un membre des forces de l'ordre
Jean Rene Delaval ... Un membre des forces de l'ordre
Dominique Deroo ... Un ouvrier
Jean Pierre Doise ... Un membre des forces de l'ordre
Alexis Durlez ... Un consommateur
Marie-Thérèse François ... Une voisine
Jacques Gillot ... Un membre des forces de l'ordre
Jacky Hourdouille ... Un voisin
Heidelore Kramer ... Une passante
Regis Larridon ... Un ouvrier
Monique Laurent ... Un membre de la famille Janssens
J.J. Leurette ... Un ouvrier
Philippe Millet ... Un membre de la famille Janssens
Christophe Muys ... Un membre des forces de l'ordre
Jérôme Pollet ... Un baigneur
Gregory Ryckewaert ... Un technicien du musée
Florent Souchet ... Un membre de la famille Janssens
Patrice Souchet ... Un membre de la famille Janssens
Guy Valpoet ... Un ouvrier
Bernard Vanhaecke ... Un ouvrier
Michel Vanmeenen ... Un ouvrier
Pierre Verheyde ... Un passant

Sylvie Verheyde ... Une passante
Nicole Willier ... Une passante
Stephanie Wyts ... La serveuse

Directed by
Bruno Dumont 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bruno Dumont  writer

Produced by
Rachid Bouchareb .... producer
Jean Bréhat .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Cuvillier 
Cinematography by
Yves Cape 
Film Editing by
Guy Lecorne 
Casting by
Claude Debonnet 
Bruno Dumont 
Production Design by
Marc-Philippe Guerig 
Art Direction by
Marc-Philippe Guerig 
Costume Design by
Nathalie Raoul 
Makeup Department
Jacques-Olivier Molon .... special makeup effects artist (dummy supply)
Ferouz Zaafour .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Muriel Merlin .... unit manager
Nicolas Picard .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Xavier Christiaens .... assistant director
Claude Debonnet .... assistant director
Rima Samman .... trainee assistant director
Yann Olivier Wicht .... assistant director
Art Department
Serge Berkenbaum .... property master
Sound Department
Pascal Jasmes .... boom operator
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound re-recording mixer
Pierre Mertens .... sound engineer
Mathilde Muyard .... sound editor
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Ronan Broudin .... digital compositor
Thierry Saelens .... stunts
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Vincent Blasco .... key grip
Thierry Debove .... gaffer
Pascal Doyen .... electrician
Elin Kirschfink .... second assistant camera (as Ellin Kirschfink)
Jacques Monge .... Steadicam operator
François Perrault-Alix .... grip
Etienne Saldés .... key grip
Marie Sorribas .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Isabelle Sanchez .... costumer
Editorial Department
Anja Lüdcke .... assistant editor
Music Department
William Christie .... musician: clavecin for Royer's "Pièce de Clavecin"
Other crew
Virginie Barbay .... script supervisor
Pascale Bourelli .... nude body double: Domino
Caroline Dieusaert .... production secretary
Annie Maurette .... press attaché
Delphine Merabet .... production assistant
Vanessa Réveillon .... production secretary

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'humanité" - France (original title)
"Humanity" - Europe (English title)
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148 min
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This marks as Emmanuel Schotté's only film performance.See more »
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
long, boring, slow french small village life, 15 September 2000

This two and a half hour long film was shown recently at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) at a 10 PM show. There was a scheduled 1 AM show after that, but wondered if anyone was going to stay awake to see that until 3:30 am. The opening scene is of a man walking in a field, and it lasts four minutes of movie time. It is an ominous sign of what's to come: a good 144 minutes more of pretty much the same. There is a scene of a man and a woman against a wall, standing in the sun. It is repeated 15 times, with very sparse dialogue. Occasionally, these very long slow sequences are interrupted by shocking stills, such as a close up of female genitalia, shown for one full minute of film time (audience crowd laughing in the last 20 seconds, as to say, "what's the message?"). The story resembles Dostoyevsky's novel "The Karamazov brothers", in which a cretin falls in love with a woman of easy morals. In one of the rare instants in which the crowd was laughing (more in desperation to try to justify having been there already a full two hours to see nothing happening) was when the statement by a british tourist that he couldn't see things clearly since the Eurostar train was traveling at 180 miles an hour, was translated by the translator with automatic switch of units of measure from English System to Metric system to "they couldn't see things clearly since the train was traveling at 300 kilometers per hour". What was amazing about this movie is that the quality of cinematography reveals that alot of money has been spent on it. This was no film kitchen 8-mm experiment. It was carefully planned, structured, acted, montaged. Yet, I got so little out of it. Some comments indictated on the excruciating detail, such as the minutae of a dandling key chain on a door just opened. Okay, it was noted, but what was the purpose? Some corageous people in the audience walked away after the first hour. The rest remained out of curiosity: there must be something happening at the end. There never was. And maybe that's what the film is about. All the movies at the theater are action-packed. This one wants to be different. There is nothing happening.

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