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A Self-Made Hero (1996)

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

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

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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 ... 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 ... Leguen
Gilles Del Frate 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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Drama | Comedy

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Intelligent, strong satire, grew on 2nd viewing
8 July 2011 | by runamokprodsSee 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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France

Language:

French

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12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

FRF29,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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