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I Stand Alone (1998)

Cast: Philippe Nahon, Philippe Nahon, Frankye Pain, more...
Director: Gaspar No, Gaspar No
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Studio: Strand Home Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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In this French drama, Gaspar Noe, who won awards (Prix Georges Sadoul, Cannes Crix Week) for his 40-minute Carne (1991), continues where that film ended, beginning with a Carne recap: The Butcher (Philippe Nahon) narrates, telling how, as a war orphan working at 14, he opened his horsemeat butcher shop and fathered a mute, retarded daughter. After the mother and daughter left for life in a Paris suburb, he served a prison term after an assault on someone he mistakenly believed had raped his daughter. The follow-up sequel, set in a Lille suburb, begins in 1980: Obese bar owner (Franjkyie Pain) is pregnant by The Butcher, who is unable to find work. The couple moves in with her mother, but he becomes irritated with the two women and goes to Paris where the humiliation of job-hunting and the sum total of futility and hopelessness triggers thoughts of what he might accomplish with his gun and his last three bullets. Shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

should I apologize, if what I say burns your ears and stains your eyes? by bakedpotato December 22, 2004 - 6:14 PM PST
2 out of 6 members found this review helpful
After seeing Irreversible and then this film, I am ready to make a bold statement.
(drum roll)

Gaspar Noe is the most important filmmaker in the world today.

Of course, I don't expect you to agree with me now. In 50 years, we will see who is right. Noe takes the crown from David Fincher who made a daring, albeit costly, misstep with Panic Room. There is a better than average chance you are not going to like Noe's films. This does not matter. What does matter is that you will not forget seeing Noe's films. Check your frail, quaint little sensibilities at the door. They are obsolete. Get in on the ground floor and you too can take the bumpy ride to the top. - 5 Leaves

Shocking & Invigorating by JMVerville October 21, 2004 - 7:50 AM PDT
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This film is by far the most existential, daring, angry, and perhaps violent film I have seen. This film is an assault on human existence and society on a level that was truly impressive and influential to me. Some of the scenes in this film are amongst the most vile and disgusting that I have ever seen -- and I love it. Truly. The philosophy mixed with the violence (and sometimes sex) was done stunningly well.

The philosophy in the film is not trite, and even though you may disagree it you clearly see where the Butcher is coming from and understand his sentiments. The film is neither arrogant or oversimplified; it is the exact right dose that we need.

This is: the most existential, masculine, violent film I have ever seen, and it is definitely amongst the most philosophically invigorating and refreshing, personally influential, and exciting films. It does not disappoint in the least. I find myself, months after having seen it, thinking about it even still on a regular basis. And the more I think about it the more that I like it.

However, if you do not like violence and philosophy, this film is not for you.

Didn't like it by rmarkd November 9, 2003 - 5:29 PM PST
4 out of 9 members found this review helpful
Sometimes I feel a movie gets attention simply because it's violent and 'wrong'. That's how I feel about this movie. There are scenes that disgust you in this movie, mixed in with some interesting insights on the character and his relation to the world. In the end though, this movie was a collection of a few good insights wrapped in a movie that ultimately had no direction. Be warned, in addition to some greusome scenes, this isn't a movie to watch if you're looking to sing in the rain.

Maybe the lead character, 'The Butcher' should have taken some Prozac.

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