Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) (One Against All) (1998)
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In this French drama, set in a Lille suburb, an obese bar owner is pregnant by The Butcher, who is unable to find work. The man goes to Paris where the humiliation of job-hunting triggers thoughts of what he might accomplish with his gun and his last three bullets.
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Critic Reviews for Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) (One Against All)
[VIDEO ESSAY] "I Stand Alone" (Gaspar Noť's feature debut) is as much a philosophical denunciation of humanity as it is a thought-provoking treatise on mental illness (as a socially communicable disease).
...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.
Noe deserves credit for a cinematic vision which is remarkably his own.
For all the static bleakness of his movies, Noe does have a sinful sense of play.
The real violence here, the far more deeply disturbing violence, is the violence inside the mind of the protagonist.
Audience Reviews for Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) (One Against All)
I have to find a job soon but i cant because it is the law that you make sandwich wif smile on your face and i cant do that because making sandwich make me more miserable and i hate people i cook it for and i also want to fuck their children i smell my wifes putrid runny crushed juice-box pussy and become disgusted and this makes me horny again so i fuck it and i may just fuck the fat bitch and her fat cunt mother on the same night maybe wait til baby be born and let it age four years and bring wife and wife mother to preschool fuck them on top of toybox and blow teacher brains out then fuck each child and blow each brain out then feed brain to retard daughter then fantasize about glorious make fuck wif daughter and then brain blowing then come back to miserable consciousness and realize im good father so no brain blowing but still fuck her young retard cunt because i show affection i want her to grow up big and strong and learn to fuck my sweet grandchildren and dis make my life worth living so i no blow my brains out. you americans like romantic so buy my movie. my pockets feel good. oh.. horny again, come here grand-daughter.More
I didn't give a flying fuck about Irreversible, and considering how terrible it was, I was hesitant to check this one out. Thankfully, it wasn't as bad as I'd feared. Noe fantastically displays the feelings of a common man and what one has to suffer in day-to-day life. The frustration of the central character (the butcher) is displayed marvelously. However, I was disappointed by the ending. IMO, the director took it a bit too far. And I wonder how true it is to say it was a creative scene. That scene displays how rotten the director's mind is. Some call it creativity, though. Well, to each, his own. Then again, I guess I wasn't the target audience here. So, in a way, it's my fault that I'd to witness such horrible and pretentious sequences.
Taking into consideration all the aspects, Morality and Justice do leave some impact, but the final stroke (which, in my humble opinion, was totally unnecessary and avoidable) is equally harmful.
The deranged horse butcher from Carne is now struggling to regain any control of his life after spending many years in jail. This is a fantastic story, incredibly disturbing and heart-wrenching, with an amazing performance by Philippe Nahon and an absolutely brilliant final act.More
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