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I Stand Alone (1998)

Seul contre tous (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 17 February 1999 (France)
A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

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Gaspar Noé

Writer:

Gaspar Noé
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Nahon ... Le Boucher
Blandine Lenoir Blandine Lenoir ... Sa Fille
Frankie Pain Frankie Pain ... Sa Maitresse (as Frankye Pain)
Martine Audrain Martine Audrain ... Sa Belle-Mere
Zaven Zaven ... L'Homme a la Morale
Jean-François Rauger Jean-François Rauger ... Agent Immobilier
Guillaume Nicloux ... Directeur du Supermarche
Olivier Doran Olivier Doran ... Presentateur (voice)
Aïssa Djabri Aïssa Djabri ... Docteur Choukroun (as Aissa Djabri)
Serge Faurie Serge Faurie ... Directeur d'Hospice
Frédéric Pfohl Frédéric Pfohl ... Infirmier de Hospice (as Frederic Pfohl)
Stéphanie Sec Stéphanie Sec ... Infirmiere de Hospice (as Stephanie Sec)
Arlette Balkis Arlette Balkis ... Femme Mourante
Gil Bertharion Jr. Gil Bertharion Jr. ... Camionneur (as Gil Bertharion Jr)
Rado Rado ... Gardien de l'Hotel
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Storyline

The Butcher (known from Noe's short film Carne) has done some time in jail after beating up the guy who tried to seduce his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter. Now he wants to start a new life. He leaves his daughter in an institution and moves to Lille suburbs with his mistress. She promised him a new butcher shop. She lied. The butcher decides to go back to Paris and find his daughter. Written by Pavel Smutny <pavel.smutny.ekf@vsb.cz>

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In the bowels of France

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 February 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

I Stand Alone See more »

Filming Locations:

France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,955, 21 March 1999

Gross USA:

$54,735
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.66 : 1
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Trivia

This feature is an extension and a kind of sequel to Noé's short film Carne (1991). See more »

Goofs

The main character tells the manager of the abattoir that he is 50 years old. However, the narration at the start of the movie states that the main character was born in 1939, and the movie is set in 1980, which would make him 40 or 41 years old. See more »

Quotes

[Death Opens No Door: shown in block letters on black screen]
Narrator: Death isn't much of anything in the end. We make such a big deal out of it. But up close, it's like nothing. A body without life, nothing more. People are like animals. You love them, you bury them and then it's over. Still, it's my first time seeing it. Hers too. But she seems all upset. Yet there's nothing to get all mushy over. All right, yeah. I'll walk her home. She looks fragile. Besides... she's pretty.
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Alternate Versions

To receive an 18 certificate two shots of sexual penetration during the viewing of a hardcore sex film at a cinema were blurred for the UK release. The video featured the same optically edited print. See more »

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Beat in Concert
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Alone against everyone
23 May 1999 | by matt-201See all my reviews

Stunning. The writer-director Gaspar Noe's first-person account of a jobless butcher's trip on the down escalator has a lot of superficial resemblances to TAXI DRIVER, but the real unseen hand behind this shattering picture belongs to Louis-Ferdinand Celine, whose scabrous stream-of-consciousness monologues Noe has translated into scorching, nineties angry-white-man-ese. As the butcher's three hundred francs dwindle, and his handgun starts looking more and more appealing, Noe surgically implants us inside the antihero's head using a cascade of hilarious and horrifying nihilistic rants that don't quite resemble anything you've ever heard in a movie.

Noe's ingenuity in reinventing the subjective style of TAXI DRIVER is near-limitless; his array of techniques dazzles, from the Godardian intertitles that break the action like a butcher's cleaver hammering a wooden cutting board, to the deafening gunshots accompanied by digital pans and zooms that throw a Brechtian bucket of icewater on the proceedings whenever they calm down. At times the picture suggests one of Fassbinder's fatalistic fables staged as a William Castle horror movie; in a stroke of genius, Noe conceives of the inevitable crack-up finale not in terms of some novel spin on the image, but as a blizzard of scurrilous language--a head self-narrating to the implode point.

At times, the butcher's and Noe's nihilism seem to be one--and a posturing, collegiate nihilism it can be. And the penultimate section of the movie thunks along as Noe recreates painfully familiar scenes from TAXI DRIVER almost in toto. But the cumulative effect of the movie is lacerating, the way early Scorsese and Toback must have felt the first time out. French-language cinema hasn't gotten this kind of wake-up call since the (lesser) MAN BITES DOG.


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