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Whatever (1999)

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

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

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Stille Nacht
Composed by Franz Gruber
Performed by Choeur des Petits Chanteurs de Chaillot
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Dry!
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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