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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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French visa # 90719 delivered on 19-10-1999.See more »
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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Not for everyone maybe, but for me., 29 March 2000
Author: ido_h ( from Tel Aviv, Israel

It is said that Humanite is not for everyone. And i would surely support that claim since I am a steward in the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and had to get up, about every two minutes to open the door to someone sneaker.

Still, I managed to get quite a clear impression of the film which is in my opinion a superb one. Although many people find themselves puzzled by the characters (virtually everyone in the show i attended came out of the cinema looking almost personally insulted by the film) i think that if you know and love Dostoevsky's books you won't find them so hard to understand. Pharaon is simply Prince Mishkin. He is assulted by the bluntness and cruelness of existence and the crime he tries to solve - but is overwhelmed with humility, love and compassion to the world. While his friend make love in a way that seems almost like a rape he makes love to the world, to the clods of the earth. When he rides his bicycle his upper body seems to be moving as if he was making love. But most of all he feels diligent compassion to the world and it's assaulters. The film shows the violence everywhere. Pharaon sees this violence and with his deep gaze manages to disarm it (with protesters and with Domino). I think that Pharaon is a really great acting performance. Pharaon like Mishkin in Dostoevky's notebooks 'sees not in the faces of people but in their hearts.'. The investigation taking place is like an investigation of the inner self. Of the human soul, of humanity. It's a category against Humanity and Pharaon's who is the categor manages to find compassion to humanity. Its sort of like an 'apocalypse now' in rural france.

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