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Whatever (1999)

Extension du domaine de la lutte (original title)
Story of a man whose misanthropy goes out of control due to a business trip together with a colleague.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Bianco ...
La voix du narrateur (voice)
Philippe Harel ...
Notre Héros
La psychologue
Cécile Reigher ...
Catherine Lechardoy
Marie-Charlotte Leclaire ...
La secretaire d H. La Brette
Philippe Agael ...
Henri La Brette
Alain Guillo ...
Yvan Garouel ...
Un représentant du Ministère
Christophe Rossignon ...
Nicolas Simon ...
Philippe Staw ...
Le psychiatre
Jean-Luc Abel ...
Le mendiant du métro
Constantine Attia ...
Le costaud du Malibu
Michka Assayas ...
Le chef du service informatique


Story of a man whose misanthropy goes out of control due to a business trip together with a colleague.

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13 October 1999 (France)  »

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A Extensão Do Domínio Da Luta  »

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14 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Faithful adaptation of witty and interesting French novel about a cynical and depressed middle-aged software engineer (or something), relying heavily on first-person narration but none the worse for that. Downbeat (in a petit-bourgeois sort of way), philosophical and blackly humorous, the best way I could describe both the film and the novel is that it is something like a more intellectual Charles Bukowski (no disrespect to CB intended). Mordantly funny, but also a bleak analysis of social and sexual relations, the film's great achievement is that it reflects real life in such a recognisable way as to make you ask: why aren't other films like this? One of the rare examples of a good book making an equally good film.

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