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A Self-Made Hero (1997)

A Self-Made Hero (1997)

A Self-Made Hero




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Irony abounds in this French comedy that tells the tale of an unsophisticated, rather dim-bulbed country lad who follows the advice of a former French freedom fighter and tries to change himself into a hero of the recently ended French Resistance. Poor Albert is no stranger to deceit. For his first 12-years, his mother led him to believe that his father was a war hero. He is devastated to learn that his father really died of alcoholism. During the war, Albert does all he can to avoid fighting for the Resistance, even though the Nazis control his village. He marries and moves in with his wife's family, innocent of the fact that the whole time he is there, they are concealing downed British fliers. The night their town is freed, Albert leaves for Paris where he meets Dionnet, "The Captain," a bona-fide Resistance hero. It is he, who teaches Albert how to successfully change his identity. After much practice and memorization, Albert finally has a new identity and goes to work as a secretary for Mr. Jo, a former double agent. Albert stays in a boarding house, where a resident prostitute teaches him about lovemaking. Meanwhile, Albert becomes recognized as a courageous patriot, a role he manages to sustain only a little while before it all falls apart and the painful truth is finally revealed.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
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Written By: Alain Le Henry, Jacques Audiard
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On DVD: May 12, 1998
M6 Films


Mathieu Kassovitz
as Albert Dehousse
Nadia Barentin
as Madame Louvier/Madam...
Danièle Lebrun
as Madame Dehousse
Armand de Baudry d'A...
as Man `English Girls'
Gilles Del Frate
as The Partisan
Stefan Elbaum
as `Little Versailles' ...
Marc Ernotte
as De Vaincourt
Jerome Floch
as Etienne
Isabelle Gruault
as Lutetia Young Woman
Donatien Guillot
as Knickerboker
Philippe Harel
as Information Officer
Christophe Kourotchk...
as `Little Versailles' ...
Philippe Lehembre
as Maitre Becquard
Philippe Nahon
as The General
Georges Siatidis
as Beauchamps
Laurent Vacher
as Maldoror Man
David Fernandes
as Albert (as a child)
Xavier Arcache
as Jean Caron (as a chi...
Eleonore Godeau
as Little Girl at Kiosk
Anne Villette
as Violin Player
Dominique Lemonnier
as Violin Player
Marc Marder
as Double-Bass
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