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After a dreadful incident coupled with an ungovernable paroxysm of violence, a butcher will fall into a downward spiral that will burn to the ground whatever dignity still remained in him.

Director:

Gaspar Noé

Writer:

Gaspar Noé
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Nahon ... Le boucher
Blandine Lenoir ... Cynthia
Frankie Pain ... La patronne du café (as Frankye Pain)
Marie Berto Marie Berto ... La mère de Cynthia
Hélène Testud Hélène Testud ... La bonne (as Helene Testud)
Frédéric Bodson Frédéric Bodson ... Le prédicateur télé
Roland Guéridon Roland Guéridon ... Un client du café (as Roland Gueridon)
Roger Lerain Roger Lerain ... Le voisin en rouge
Zaven Zaven ... La carne
Charles Léger Charles Léger ... Un client du boucher
Alain Rabaud Alain Rabaud ... Un client du boucher
Farid N'Haoua Farid N'Haoua ... Le premier ouvrier
Selim Yacine Selim Yacine ... L'ouvrier poignardé
Michel Berto Michel Berto ... L'avocat
Pierre Jamin Pierre Jamin ... Le prisonnier
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Storyline

After the birth of his baby daughter Cynthia, a Parisian horse butcher soon finds himself abandoned, responsible to raise and care for his newborn girl, completely on his own. Moreover, as his little girl grows into an adolescent, nothing much seems to change in the butcher's life, who day in, day out, experiences the same numbing and tedious repetition, up until Cynthia's first signs of puberty. Under those circumstances and after a dreadful incident coupled with an ungovernable paroxysm of violence, the butcher will fall into a downward spiral that will burn to the ground whatever dignity still remained in him. Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Crime | Drama | Thriller

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In an interview with Philippe Lowinski, Blandine Lenoir said she was 15 at the time of filming. See more »

Quotes

Le Boucher: I hate violence, but I need it!
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Connections

Followed by Irreversible (2002) See more »

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Neopolitain Sunset
Written by John Leach
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Like watching Noe's legacy squeeze out the birth canal & full of sauce

Well, I just finished watching Gaspar Noe's CARNE (1991), and now I have seen all of his movies. Not as many people know about Carne because it's a 35 minute short film, not a feature length film - BUT, his debut feature film I STAND ALONE is actually a direct continuation of what occurs in CARNE. Though I have known about I STAND ALONE since about 2003, I didn't hear about CARNE until this year. I actually think CARNE is superior to I STAND ALONE - because of the short runtime it's paced very quickly and features more of Gaspar's stylish cutting and editing. It is thoroughly entertaining, while I STAND ALONE is more a slow-burning, icky-feeling build to a wretched climax that will make pretty much everyone feel like they need to take a shower afterwards.

Any way, this movie is very good. Probably one of the best short films I have ever seen. The singular style is turned up to 10. The performances are on point. And the dialogue, subject matter, and some of the visuals are immensely jarring. Though I STAND ALONE is not a movie I would ever recommend to anyone (because of the sickening subject matter), I suggest that for those who are interested, do not watch I STAND ALONE without seeing CARNE first. They should be watched in sequence, just as one should watch something like KILL BILL Vol. 1 and 2.

Now that I've seen all of Gaspar Noe's films... I would rank them in this order...

ENTER THE VOID > IRREVERSIBLE > CLIMAX > CARNE > LOVE > I STAND ALONE


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 June 1992 (France) See more »

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Carne See more »

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