Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) (One Against All) (1998)
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Set in France in 1980, a middle-aged ex-con, former butcher tries to salvage a life that has long been on the skids. Plagued by racist, misogynist thoughts and a hair-trigger temper, he looks for a job, tries to borrow money, and attempts to retrieve his daughter from an institution. If you saw this man walking toward you, you'd probably cross the street. Director Gaspar Noe decides, instead, to take a walk inside his brain.
May 16, 1998 Wide
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...I Stand Alone will not easily be forgotten - and in this day and age, that's an incredibly rare thing.
Certainly, there are aesthetic pleasures in I Stand Alone, but they don't redeem the depraved heart that beats at the center of the film.
More of a young turk provocation than a measured and mature intercession on rage and despair, but it certainly achieves the unsettling effect Noe intended.
For all the static bleakness of his movies, Noe does have a sinful sense of play.
Audience Reviews for Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) (One Against All)
- The Butcher: Life is a selfish act.
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