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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 ... 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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Life is beautiful. But..., 9 July 2000

The French writer-director Bruno Dumont achieves something rarely accomplished since TAXI DRIVER and ERASERHEAD: a way of looking at the world entirely afresh. Unlike those movies--or the recent, Expressionist CLEAN, SHAVEN--Dumont doesn't distort the physical world, make it elastic or dreamlike. But he somehow makes us feel the world is being recorded by a very wise child from another planet. Everything, absolutely everything, from human behavior to wind rippling over a field of grass, is seen as never before. Ezra Pound's injunction to "make it new" is stamped on every frame.

Pharaon is a slow-witted police superintendent who is anything but pharaonic. He had a girlfriend and a baby, now dead. (We are not told how.) He is friends with Domino, a big-boned, sensitive, slatternly woman next door, and Joseph, her handsome beau, with whom she seems to never stop having sex. In their small town, a little girl has been raped and murdered. Pharaon pursues this case, as he pursues a sort of inarticulate love for Domino. Along the way, a light dawns in Pharaon--a dreadful light. He becomes sensitive to the suffering of all living things--a pig hurt by the suckling of her young, all the way to a motorist getting a beating outside police headquarters. The effect this has is to create a kind of moral schizophrenia in Pharaon: he can filter out nothing. Like an overlap of Raskolnikov and Prince Mishkin, Pharaon takes both the world's sin and sufferings on his back.

But this gives only the barest outline of the experience of L'HUMANITE, which is not about its plot. Indeed, the relationship of Dumont's handling of the materials of cinema to the story itself is unique in my experience of narrative moviemaking. Like Abbas Kiarostami in his recent work, Dumont uses the landscape not to illustrate the story, but to propose a dialectic against it. Where the landscape acts as an argument for life in Kiarostami's TASTE OF CHERRY, here it does something else. It vibrates with feeling. In its childlike gaze at the hardness of people and things, L'HUMANITE tries to get at the shifting feelings underneath--the emotions and sensations so elusive there are no words for them. The movie proves that literary means--finding names--are unnecessary. Dumont finds aural-visual-rhythmic means to voice those emotions.

His techniques can be daring, appalling. Pharaon, gradually overwhelmed by the world's thousand and one cruelties, starts to spontaneously embrace (relative) total strangers, in scenes one can imagine giving audiences giggles. Dumont doesn't care.

L'HUMANITE is the kind of movie that, while you're watching it, you feel can drive you crazy in places, but which you know you'll live with and re-play in your head for the rest of your life. And Cannes naysayers to the contrary, all the performances in this movie--all of them, down to the tiniest--are perfect.

A note: I would like to thank the other people who wrote about L'HUMANITE on IMDB. With no other movie have I felt I learned so much by reading other people's responses, and particularly noting the details they chose to underline. For the authenticity and unabashedness of everyone's responses, I am truly grateful.

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