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A Mere Mortal (1991)

Simple mortel (original title)
A young man, a researcher in ancient languages, begins to receive strange radio messages in a language only he knows. The messages ask him for very bizarre missions. Eventually, he ... See full summary »


Pierre Jolivet


Pierre Jolivet
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Philippe Volter Philippe Volter ... Stéphane
Christophe Bourseiller ... Fabien
Nathalie Roussel Nathalie Roussel ... Brigitte
Roland Giraud ... L'expert
Maaike Jansen Maaike Jansen ... La psychanalyste
Marcel Maréchal Marcel Maréchal ... L'homme du parking
Arlette Thomas Arlette Thomas ... La concierge
Michel Lengliney Michel Lengliney ... Le médecin
Denise Guillard Denise Guillard ... L'infirmière
Daniel Schropfer Daniel Schropfer ... Le chauffeur du taxi
Jean-Pierre Vincent Jean-Pierre Vincent ... L'autre chauffeur
Daniel Milgram Daniel Milgram ... Le patron du bar
Assani Chapi Assani Chapi ... Le Pakistanais
Gérard Touratier Gérard Touratier ... Un client du bar
Gérard Douarin Gérard Douarin ... Un client du bar


A young man, a researcher in ancient languages, begins to receive strange radio messages in a language only he knows. The messages ask him for very bizarre missions. Eventually, he understands that he's just a pawn in an intergalactic game, and that the fate of Earth depends on him. Written by Anonymous

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28 August 1991 (France) See more »

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A Mere Mortal See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Eagle Eye (2008) See more »

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One of the best SF movie ever, with no special effects
18 July 2005 | by moonwebSee all my reviews

I won't tell you the story. Everything lies in the ambiance Pierre Jolivet manages to create. It starts as an ordinary day of life and little by little, the main character life moves towards the fantastic. He's alone to face strange things happening and cannot share this with anybody else which makes the story more dramatic.

It's one of my favorite SF movie (and I love SF) even without special effects. The fact you have no SFX does not prevent the film from being SF even it is more fantastic than hard-core SF. Don't expect to see plenty of aliens. The idea and the script is brilliant and very well shot. I would not be surprised to see a remake by Hollywood one of these days.

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