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S'en fout la mort (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama | 5 September 1990 (France)
Dah and Jocelyn come from Benin, Africa, to coach their rooster, "S'en fout la mort", for an illicit cock-fight in the basement of a restaurant.

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Claire Denis
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Cast

Cast overview:
Isaach De Bankolé ... Dah
Alex Descas ... Jocelyn
Solveig Dommartin ... Toni
Christopher Buchholz ... Michel
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Pierre Ardennes
Christa Lang Christa Lang ... Toni's mother
Gilbert Felmar Gilbert Felmar ... TiEmile
Daniel Bellus Daniel Bellus ... Henri
François Oloa Biloa François Oloa Biloa ... François
Pipo Sarguera Pipo Sarguera ... Pipo
Alain Banicles Alain Banicles ... Inspector
Valérie Monnet Valérie Monnet ... The girl
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Natives of Benin and the West Indies, Dah and Jocelyn form a fine team. Dah is convinced that this time, luck smiles on them. They begin working for a restauranteur who organizes clandestine cockfights in the basement of his establishment. Confined all day long in the restaurant's basement, they train their rooster, a future champion named "S'en fout la mort". Written by Anonymous

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 September 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Al diavolo la morte See more »

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Cinéa,NEF Diffusion See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Buffalo Soldier
By Bob Marley
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You know it's good if it's about cockfighting and you can't look away.
19 March 2000 | by meninasSee all my reviews

The movie starts with a Chester Himes quote--a big clue to its atmosphere. Both gritty and haunting, the story concerns illegal cockfighting in France (minimal carnage), with a lot of overlaid metaphor. "Cock, man, same thing." This is a typically slow, thoughtful Claire Denis film (does any woman take on more masculine subjects?). Everything is played under the surface; in fact, the images and montage are so strong, it might as well be silent. Key motivations are implicit, not explicit. Alex Descas, as the Caribbean cock-trainer, is the soul of the movie, as a man fatally in love with another man's wife.


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