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No Rest for the Brave (2003)

Pas de repos pour les braves (original title)
A scintillating metaphysical tale, the film follows the picaresque adventures of Basile, an angst-ridden French teenager who is convinced that he will die if he falls asleep. This leads him... See full summary »

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Alain Guiraudie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Suire Thomas Suire ... Basile Matin / Hector
Laurent Soffiati Laurent Soffiati ... Johnny Got
Thomas Blanchard Thomas Blanchard ... Igor
Jeanine Canezin Jeanine Canezin ... La mère de Basile
Evelyne Bruniquel-Lebert Evelyne Bruniquel-Lebert ... La voisine / La cliente / Le couple de pompiste (as Evelyne Bruniquel Lebert) (as Évelyn Bruniquel Lebert)
Jean-Marie Combelles Jean-Marie Combelles ... Le patron du café de Montcastin
Serge Ribes Serge Ribes ... Le ouvrier de Montcastin / Jack
Guillaume Viry Guillaume Viry ... Le ouvrier de Montcastin / Le patron du café de routiers
Yves Dinse Yves Dinse ... Le gendarme / L'homme dans la cité désaffectée
Pierre Dufour Pierre Dufour ... Le gendarme
Roger Guidone Roger Guidone ... Roger
Bruno Izarin Bruno Izarin ... Daniel (as Bruno Izarn)
Jacques Mestres Jacques Mestres ... Jean-Luc
Jean-Claude Baudracco Jean-Claude Baudracco ... Dédé
Nicole Huc Nicole Huc ... Lydie
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A scintillating metaphysical tale, the film follows the picaresque adventures of Basile, an angst-ridden French teenager who is convinced that he will die if he falls asleep. This leads him on a road trip that becomes a hallucinatory odyssey as Basile encounters murder, sex and intrigue- assuming that some or all of it isn't a dream. Whether Basile's excursion is reality or fantasy, innocent or malevolent, grand ideas mesh with bizarre occurrences to create a fascinating, surreal journey of discovery, chance and mystery.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Austria

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 November 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezsennosc bohatera See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,279
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Slow at first, but an entertaining and rewarding experience.
9 May 2005 | by NateManDSee all my reviews

I just bought the DVD of "No Rest for the Brave", and I got to say it's quite unique. Director Alain Guiraudie likes to create surrealism with every day settings and situations and slightly distort them. His focus on colors grabs the viewers attention. The film starts off kind of slow, because their is a lot of dialog. The main character is afraid to go to sleep, because he is convinced he will never wake up and is afraid he will die. Then strange things start to happen, a whole village is killed and he could be responsible, but are the events happening a dream? He's sexually obsessed with an older man, has discussions on life with a folk singer farmer and many other odd characters. Then it gets to a point where the viewer can't tell what's happening in the the main character's life or in his dreams. It seems nothing much exciting is happening in his life, so his adventures take place mostly in his dreams. So the film is kind of like a french existential Donnie Darko as filmed by Godard. It's definitely a film you have to think about. I personally enjoyed it.


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