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A Self-Made Hero (1996)

Un héros très discret (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy | 12 September 1997 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Jacques Audiard
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Albert Dehousse
Anouk Grinberg ... Servane
Sandrine Kiberlain ... Yvette
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Albert Dehousse (old)
Albert Dupontel ... Dionnet
Nadia Barentin Nadia Barentin ... The General's Wife
Bernard Bloch Bernard Bloch ... Ernst
François Chattot François Chattot ... Louvier
Philippe Duclos ... Caron
Danièle Lebrun Danièle Lebrun ... Madame Dehousse
Armand de Baudry d'Asson Armand de Baudry d'Asson ... Englishman
Wilfred Benaïche Wilfred Benaïche ... Henry Nervoix
François Berléand ... Monsieur Jo
Philippe Berodot Philippe Berodot ... Leguen
Gilles Del Frate Gilles Del Frate ... The Partisan
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Self-Made Hero See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alicéléo,Cofimage 7,Lumière See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A Comedy Masterpiece
26 August 2002 | by nbottSee all my reviews

This film is a true masterpiece. The character delineation of our hero and how he gets there is true comedy at its best. Great comedy not only makes us laugh but makes us reflect on human life at the same time. This film does that. We get a satire on recent French history and well as the mores of the society. There are so many scenes where one knows that only a French film could be made this way.

This film is even better than Mr. Audiard's marvelous film "Read My Lips." The acting is superb and the script flawless. Do yourself a favor and rent this.


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