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Peau d'homme coeur de bête (1999)

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Serge Riaboukine ...
Francky
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Coco
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Alex
Maaike Jansen ...
Marthe (as Maaíke Jansen)
Cathy Hinderchied ...
Aurelie
Virginie Guinand ...
Christelle
Jean-Louis Richard ...
Tac Tac
Cyril Lecomte ...
Anthony
Guilaine Londez ...
Annie
Marc Brunet ...
Bibof
Cindy Mostacci ...
Jessica
Françoise Bertin ...
Mademoiselle Espitalier
René Morard ...
Le père de Bibof
Robert Lucibello ...
Le commissaire
Frédéric Proust ...
Caguette
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Men in the skin of wolves
20 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Peau d'Homme Coeur de Bête" is a fairy tale in the classical sense. This isn't a Disney movie and we get the feeling that the children might be devoured at any moment. This tension runs throughout. Does this movie depict violence towards children? Not exactly. But the threat is real and ever-present. It saturates everything.

All of the men in this movie are struggling with their emotions and anger. After having left various male organizations (such as the military, the pseudo-military fraternity of cops and perhaps even prison) we see that these men don't know how to vent or focus their own aggression. It spills out. They lash out at those around them. When the men gather together this emotion tumbles from riot to celebration seemingly at random.

This is a dark portrait of "the heart of a beast" that beats within all men. In the end, however, there is a small sliver of hope. Perhaps it is possible, somehow, to vent this aggression in a non-destructive way.


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