I Stand Alone

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Released after being imprisoned for assault, a Frenchman finds himself impoverished, alienated and angry.

Cast & Crew

Blandine Lenoir
His Daughter, Cynthia
Frankie Pain
His Mistress
Martine Audrain
His Mother-in-Law
Gaspar Noé
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Gaspar Noé
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Gaspar Noé
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Johann Pachelbel
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Dominique Colin
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Critic Reviews for Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) (One Against All)

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Audience Reviews for Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone) (One Against All)

  • Feb 21, 2016
    Very much enjoyed the humorous inner monologue. For the first 45 mins it ran at a fast pace, moving from one scene to next quickly, keeping things interesting. For the last half though the pace slows and as for the rewind scene right at the end, well that just really bugs me when they do that in movies! Buffalo 66 can get away it, just!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2014
    <i>Seul Contre Tous</i> is much more than just a sequel to <i>Carné</i> (1991). Way much more... For those that missed <i>Carné</i>, the film opens with a quick recap of everything that happened in the first installment, and then more. It then moves on with life. It takes less than 5 minutes to realize that Noé is using exactly the same visual techniques that he had used 7 years ago. That is something quite surprising; indeed, what stands out from <i>Carné</i> is its use of editing that assaults the senses quite pervasively: juxtaposition of aggressive images with comedic ones, the sound of a loud "BANG" while making a close-up to an object or person at the speed of light, and maybe using another "BANG" to return to its original position. You could describe it as "unstable", which is good, given the increasing psychological instability of the character. But it is surprising because you would expect the film to acquire new techniques, and it seemingly doesn't. But it takes around 30 minutes to realize that this is one huge step forward compared to <i>Carné</i>, and that the beginning was definitely not bullshitting. The film opens with the moral microuniverse that will invade the entire collapse show for 93 minutes: to each his own Morality, to each his own Justice. That fucking moral relativity. It exists. Everybody lives according to his own principles, away from God, and therefore turning the world upside down. "This is my moral; moral is this", says a man in a bar taking out his gun and displaying it publically. That is his means to execute justice against any other uniformed man that challenges his moral. That was clear for the Butcher since the insane climax of <i>Carné</i>, but this film kicks off with that insanity and never lets go. Progressively, it becomes a nihilistic discourse about the irreversible state of the rotten human condition, which is egotistical, exploitative and perverted above all things. It is a fundamentalist perspective about a world collapsing, and this undeniable collapse becomes internal in his mind, which also begins to distort things and to shift from one harmful moral to the next one every single day. This nihilism involves repulsion against human relationships, opportunism, politics, microeconomics, family and relatives, having a job, domestic life, and God. Beyond the technical stunts seen 7 years ago, Noé fortunately implements new ones, which show random people sporadically, somehow related with the Butcher, with a documentary tone. The shots are longer and adopt the form of tracking shots that are interrupted by an aggressive external stimulus. Or sometimes, it just stays still for quite a time, because necessary emphasis must be made in a situation or a character saying something. This entire emotional build-up with tints of anarchy culminates in what is one of the most emotionally disturbing conclusions of the decade, where neither two of the possibilities presented (the real and the imagined) are suitable in an ideal world. Both are damaging in unimaginable levels. For those that want to know the <b>actual</b> ending of this story, watch the opening of <i>Irréversible</i> (2002), which is, indeed, pessimistic as fuck, and ironically, the ending of <i>Irréversible</i>. The Butcher could never cope with the world, and therefore embraces philosophical perspectives of life to masquerade his self-destructive frustration instead of accepting it directly and with no relativism regarding how lost his position is in this world. BAM! 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2012
    I Stand Alone is the sequel to Carne which continues the story of the horse butcher going on a downward spiral. It retented the same style distinctively Noe and added monologues about the inner struggles of the butcher. The surrealism didn't work as well in the film however. It is still a powerful art house nonetheless.
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  • Apr 02, 2011
    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.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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