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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 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


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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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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2 wasted hours (maybe)...
14 February 2006 | by baruch-1See all my reviews

this movie started off very slow, and unfortunately ended slower. due to the lack of maturity of the screenwriter, the director, and the star (all the same person - xavier beauvois) its hard to believe this film was released. fortunately, the powers-that-be in the European film industry chose not to release his next film. i saw this film under the auspices of the prix jean virgo film series at nyc's MoMA, & now question the quality of the future films selected to be exhibited.

this story unfolds in a very odd and uninformed way so that the audience is unfamiliar with preceding events, & therefore, has very little sympathy with the main character. without going into any detail of the movie, the ending is so undeveloped, again one wonders how this film was allowed to be financed. i love french films, & understand this unspoken rule of the "good with the bad...", so i do accept the occasional clinker. sadly, the wonderful actor, roschdy zem, participated in this farce. as to chiara mastroianna, she being the product of two cinema giants, i find her role difficult to define. maybe as an "angel" or as a "diversion", or simply an odd inclusion for no real reason, because "if" one were to follow the story line, there would be no woman in the latter stages of this movie.

at the end of the day; when french movies are good, its such a pleasure, when bad, they can be incredibly boring.

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