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L'Humanité (1999)

L'humanité (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 27 October 1999 (France)
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
Ginette Allègre Ginette Allègre ... La mére de Pharaon
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
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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$113,495
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

This marks as Emmanuel Schotté's only film performance. See more »

Quotes

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

Italian distributor BIM originally removed about 2 minutes of sex footage from the Italian theatrical release in order to avoid a 'not under 18' rating. When the press criticized this self-censorship attempt, the distributor reissued the film in its original, integral form. See more »


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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fascinating, boring, and pretentious
29 May 2001 | by bergsy-2See all my reviews

Thank God for non-Hollywood movies but this is one of the most pretentious, boring movies I have seen in many decades. The acting is, in fact, truly wonderful, notably the poker face of Pharaon who could be a masked actor in an ancient Greek play. How he and the other main characters kept from breaking out into laughter I don't know. The clownish and totally inept police force and its non-investigation of the murder (no explanation at all of how they solved it) provides a nice comic relief to the serio-pathetic protagonists as they try to bear up under it all -- it's all just too much -- how can we take another day of it -- LIFE -- or is it just being human -- is more than we poor humans can bear. Crap! I can just hear Pauline Kael's review..."I lost it (faith in movies) at this movie."

Sorry but it was just too much pseudo-artistic overly-understated heavy meaning for this human movie fan.


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