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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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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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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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