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Humanité (1999)

L'humanité (original title)
When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions--because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident--investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers.

Director:

Bruno Dumont

Writer:

Bruno Dumont

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuel Schotté ... l'inspecteur de police Pharaon De Winter
Séverine Caneele ... Domino
Philippe Tullier Philippe Tullier ... Joseph
Ghislain Ghesquère Ghislain Ghesquère ... Le commissaire de police
Darius Darius ... L'infirmier (as Daniel Leroux)
Daniel Petillon Daniel Petillon ... Jean - un policier
Robert Bunzi Robert Bunzi ... Le policier anglais
Dominique Pruvost Dominique Pruvost ... L'ouvrier virulent
Jean-Luc Dumont Jean-Luc Dumont ... Le CRS
Diane Gray Diane Gray ... La voyageuse anglaise
Paul Gray Paul Gray ... Le voyageur anglais
Sophie Vercamer Sophie Vercamer ... Une ouvrière
Murielle Houche Murielle Houche ... Une ouvrière
Pascaline Guyot Pascaline Guyot ... Une ouvrière
Liliane Facq Liliane Facq ... Une ouvrière
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Storyline

In a town near Lille, melancholy police superintendent Pharaon De Winter lives with his mother. An 11-year-old girl has been raped and murdered. Over the next week, De Winter investigates and grieves, his face nearly expressionless. He bikes, he gardens. He accompanies his neighbors, Joseph and Domino, to dinner and to the seaside; he even observes them in vigorous if not rough coitus. For Domino, sex seems her way of connecting. Does she fancy Pharaon? A plowed field, the sea, Pharaon's flowers, the pudenda of Domino and of the ravaged girl - this mix of images of beauty, evil, and possibility assaults Pharaon as he tries to do his job and hold on to his humanity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

27 October 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Humanité See more »

Filming Locations:

Bailleul, Nord, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,075, 18 June 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$113,495, 24 September 2000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(The DVD of this film runs for *exactly* 2 hours, 21 minutes, and 30 seconds.)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 90719 delivered on 19-10-1999. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
l'inspecteur de police Pharaon De Winter: I'm coming.
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Soundtracks

Le Vertigo, Rondeau. Modérément
from "Pièce de Clavecin"
Music by Pancrace Royer
Performed by William Christie
Courtesy of harmonia mundi
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Melancholy and strangely beautiful view of reality...
18 July 2000 | by Peegee-3See all my reviews

In this case, largely one man's reality, although several others are involved. I hesitate to make literary comparisons, because film is a visual medium with its own immediacy, but the central characters of the novels by Emmanuel Bove and Patrick Susskind ("The Pigeon" in particular) put me very much in mind of Pharaon de Winter, the "hero" of this film and is one reason I love it. The inwardness,the soulful need that is barely understood by the man himself, the sometimes interminably slow pace bring a profound melancholic tone that I have rarely experienced on the screen.

I agree with others who've posted here, this isn't a film for everyone. But if you are moved by the deep existential reflection and quiet, sensitive behavior of a person who can empathize out of his/her own pain, I would recommend this movie.


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