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Don't Forget You're Going to Die (1995)

N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir (original title)
Benoit (Xavier Beauvois) has planned out his life. Unfortunately he has forgotten the military duty. After he is called to duty he tries everything to get around. He goes to a psychiatrist ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Xavier Beauvois ... Benoit
Chiara Mastroianni ... Claudia
Roschdy Zem ... Omar
Bulle Ogier ... Benoit's Mother
Jean-Louis Richard Jean-Louis Richard ... Bennoit's Father
Emmanuel Salinger Emmanuel Salinger ... Military Doctor
Jean Douchet Jean Douchet ... Jean-Paul
Pascal Bonitzer Pascal Bonitzer ... Psychiatrist
Cédric Kahn ... Benoit's Friend
Stanislas Nordey Stanislas Nordey ... Benoit's Friend
Patrick Chauvel Patrick Chauvel ... Military Commander
Denis Psaltopoulos Denis Psaltopoulos ... Patient
Frédéric Quiring Frédéric Quiring
Sandra Cheres Sandra Cheres
Marc Foure Marc Foure
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Storyline

Benoit (Xavier Beauvois) has planned out his life. Unfortunately he has forgotten the military duty. After he is called to duty he tries everything to get around. He goes to a psychiatrist who gives him medicine against depression. As this doesn't work out he tries suicide. The story gets even worse as he is told by a military doctor that he is HIV positive. Benoit tumbles down into the drug scene. Then he goes to Italy and meets Claudia (Chiara Mastroianni). Things seem to improve, but only for a short time... Written by Marco Radke <ds@serve.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 January 1996 (France) See more »

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Don't Forget You're Going to Die See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Disjointed and unbalanced with little characterisation
15 November 2017 | by powdiesSee all my reviews

I found this movie disjointed. It makes sense that Benoit might want to sink himself in an oblivion of drink and drugs to forget his pain, but a huge amount of the film was spent on this part of the story, with some drugs scenes in long, unnecessary detail. Then just as you think that this is what the film is about, suddenly, and without warning or any helpful thought process from Benoit, things change. And then again, though later passages are increasingly brief since there's just not time left after the earlier drug marathon. I found myself having to rewind to work out where Benoi was and the explanation (there was usually none) since the changes are so quick and unexpected. The ending feels contrived, rather silly, and very much as if it was just a tag-on of the "how do I end this now?" variety. It makes no sense based on what we have seen of Benoit previously. Throughout, Benoit is a very superficial character, we really get no insight into his feelings or thought processes, and without that, he comes over as cold, selfish, and arbitrary in his actions. You don't feel the sympathy for him that you should. Maybe you are meant to read behind his actions but in my view, too much is left to the imagination .


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