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A Self-Made Hero (1996)

Un héros très discret (original title)
Set in France at the end of World War II Albert Dehousse finds out his father wasn't a war hero and his mother is a collaborator. He leaves his wife and goes to Paris. Gradually he ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Albert Dehousse
... Servane
... Yvette
... Albert Dehousse (old)
... Dionnet
Nadia Barentin ... The General's Wife
Bernard Bloch ... Ernst
François Chattot ... Louvier
... Caron
Danièle Lebrun ... Madame Dehousse
Armand de Baudry d'Asson ... Englishman
Wilfred Benaïche ... Henry Nervoix
... Monsieur Jo
Philippe Berodot ... Leguen
Gilles Del Frate ... The Partisan
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Set in France at the end of World War II Albert Dehousse finds out his father wasn't a war hero and his mother is a collaborator. He leaves his wife and goes to Paris. Gradually he inveigles himself with the resistance movement. They trust him and he helps them trace collaborators. Written by David Morgans <in2023@wlv.ac.uk>

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Les vies les plus belles sont celles qu'on invente.

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12 September 1997 (USA)  »

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FRF 29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,345, 14 September 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$69,977, 7 December 1997
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Intelligent, strong satire, grew on 2nd viewing
8 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

Intelligent, droll, well made study of one cowardly man creating a new identity and remaking himself as a hero under the cover of war.

Poses interesting questions about identity and truth, and how we all invent ourselves.

Some terrific cinematography, and a solid lead performance by Mathieu Kassovitz.

On first viewing, something was missing for me emotionally. Sometimes the ideas seemed heavy handed, and other times, motives and characters underdeveloped.

But on re-visiting the pieces fell together, and while the underlying ideas still sometimes felt familiar, the sting of the satire danced beautifully with the underlying sadness of the main character.


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