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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 ... 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
Pascaline Guyot ... Worker
Liliane Facq ... Worker
Myriam Dehaine ... Worker
Jean Beuique ... The guide
Bernard Catrycke ... Nadege's father
Marthe Vandenberg ... Grandmother
Amanda Goemaere ... Child
Honorine Douche ... Child
Marie-Thérèse Cadet ... Parent
Denis Claerebout ... Parent
Suzanne Berteloot ... Nurse
Sylvie Perel ... Domino's friend
Malik Haquem ... The dealer
Alain Beaufrome ... Pharaon's colleague
Pierre-Olivier Thery ... Pharaon's colleague
Frédéric Engelaere ... Young worker
Françoise Blavoet ... Visitor to fort
Chantal Desmettre ... Visitor to fort
Noella Froigne ... Visitor to fort
Jocelyne Vasseur ... Visitor to fort
Annie Hennon ... Visitor to fort
Pierre Raes ... Visitor to fort
Pierre Harrisson ... Man in pyjamas
Mathieu Daussy ... Student at Brasserie
Gaelle Coppin ... Student at Brasserie
Marion Robyn ... Student at Brasserie
Laurent Pecqueur ... Student at Brasserie
Sebastion Zanetti ... Student at Brasserie
Cédric Delplace ... Student at Brasserie
Julie Legras ... Student at Brasserie
Gregory Duboz ... Student at Brasserie
Cedric Camberlyn ... Student at Brasserie
Sylvain Backerlandt ... Student at Brasserie
Marie-Hélène Aernout ... Aline
Lucien Hallynck ... Man wearing beret
Andre Geloen ... Gardner
Jean-Francois Carpenter ... Fisherman
Theophile Boldin ... Bather
Jerome Polet ... Bather
Sebastion Muselet ... Bather
Gery Laforce ... Bus driver
Franck Lesagne ... Neighbour
Micheline Cerouter ... Neighbour
Jacky Hourdouille ... Neighbour
Marie-Thérèse François ... Neighbour
Leslie Benault ... Neighbour
Edwige Benault ... Neighbour
Heidelore Kramer ... Passer-by
Nicole Willier ... Passer-by

Sylvie Verheyde ... Passer-by
Pierre Verheyde ... Passer-by
Famille Janssens ... Passer-by
Regis Mallard ... Passer-by
Monique Laurent ... Passer-by
Philippe Millet ... Passer-by
Patrice Souchet ... Passer-by
Florent Souchet ... Passer-by
Gregory Ryckewaert ... Museum technician
Hamid Bouderja ... Museum technician
Daniel Braems ... Worker
Eric Bailleul ... Worker
Guy Valpoet ... Worker
Bernard Vanhaecke ... Worker
Joel Boulinguez ... Worker
J.J. Leurette ... Worker
Michel Vanmeenen ... Worker
Regis Larridon ... Worker
Dominique Deroo ... Worker
Stephanie Wyts ... Barmaid
Philippe Durlez ... Customer
Ivanne Durlez ... Customer
Alexis Durlez ... Customer
Noel Debaene ... Police
Jean Rene Delaval ... Police
Christophe Muys ... Police
Ludovic Cousin ... Police
Jacques Gillot ... Police
Bernard Marescan ... Police
Sylvain Boulanger ... Police
Jean Pierre Doise ... Police
Gilles Lelievre ... Police

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
Pierre Mertens .... sound
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
Caroline Dieusaert .... production secretary
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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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
L'Humanite, 17 July 2007
Author: I_John_Barrymore_I from United Kingdom

This French oddity from second-time director Bruno Dumont is a masterpiece. Four minutes into the film I was ready to switch it off, but once I'd settled into the rhythm of the film I was transfixed. That took about 20 minutes, and once I'd finished the film I re-watched those first 20 minutes again.

A policeman investigates the brutal murder of a young girl in a French town and that's pretty much it. It's even less than that in some respects. For example the girl is found in the opening minutes, but it's 50 minutes before any real investigation begins. Instead it focuses on the policeman (Pharaon) and his two friends (lovers Domino and Joseph). They go to the beach, to a restaurant, stand outside their houses having stunted conversations and generally wasting the day away. Pharaon goes for a bicycle ride and tends to his allotment. Essentially nothing happens. There are maybe four or five actual plot points altogether, and the rest is filled with chat of the "Hi, how are you?" variety, long shots of people walking or driving, or opening doors. The entire film follows a kind of rhythmic cycle that becomes hypnotic if you allow it.

Which brings us to the actors. The DVD notes say they're all non-professionals. Not amateur actors, but real people who are acting for the first time. The actor who plays Joseph does reasonably well, but Domino is excellent (and it's an extremely brave performance for any actress).

Emmanuel Schotte (as Pharaon) is amazing. It's simply one of the greatest performances I've ever seen. Imagine Travis Bickle with 99pc of the anger taken out. Then cross him with Forrest Gump (with non of Hanks' caricature or comedy). Cast a non-actor who looks like a cross between Clive Owen and Alfred Molina and you're somewhere close. He's a very unlikely cop. He's wide-eyed, innocent, and simple. He's slow and deliberate. Brief comments from other characters tell us his wife and child died two years ago, and he looks like a man still stunned, as if he'd just heard the news. This is never hinted at once; we don't ever see what he was like before, no one ever tells him "You've changed", but the audience gets the feeling this is a man suffering desperately from the pain of grief. Most of this is expressed in Schotte's eyes which are desperately sad.

This low-key little film requires patience. Without Schotte's performance I don't think there'd be much of a film here. Be prepared for an extremely slow film, but one that's never boring. It will polarise opinion like few other films I've seen so I can't recommend it to everyone (and there are some very graphic sex scenes), but I thought it was amazing.

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