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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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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:

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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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Lacks of tension
23 May 2002 | by jrgironesSee all my reviews

Original in its subject (the story is about a fake hero in the Second World War, but it deals too with the way we all build our everyday masking personality in front of the society)and its form (the film is structured as a mock documentary), "A self-made hero" contains lots of irony and a great performance of Kassovitz. However, even though it didn't want to be a thriller, the plot needed more tension and unfortunately lacks of it. We rarely have the feeling that the main character is going to be discovered and due to that some twists aren't believable at all.


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