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  • I Stand Alone/Seul Contre Tous (1999)

    "Philippe Nahon stars as an unnamed butcher teetering on the edge of hopelessness in this French drama directed by Gaspar Noe. Just released from prison, the butcher struggles to find employment but is met with one closed door after another. Angry and frustrated, he lashes out at those around him with horrific force, aching to be heard. Please note that some scenes in this film are highly graphic and sexual in nature."

    I just added this movie to my Netflix account. I was just wondering if anybody has seen this and if it is any good.
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    I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard good things about it. There's apparently some pretty brutal scenes in it... in fact, before one of them the film stops and a disclaimer pops up warning the audience of the brutality to come. Definitely a film I'd like to see eventually.

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    • #3
      I loved this movie. It isn't horror at all, other than that horrorible acts occur, and the warning screen just came across as more of a gimmick than anything else. The horrible stuff doesn't happen onscreen as much as you would think (for those who have seen Irreversible, in my opinion the even better film that followed I Stand Alone and losely ties into it) and the worst sections are implied.

      That being said it is a very unconventional movie (as you can expect from Gaspar Noe) and almost all of the dialogue takes place in The Butcher's head. The man is an ignorant, racist, misogynistic product of the time and place in which he lives and has hit rock bottom. Definitely worth watching even though some may not enjoy it. Don't go in expecting any sort of horror movie though and you could love it.
      Last edited by vencha; 05-06-2009, 10:45 AM.

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      • #4
        And just to reiterate, you should all watch Irreversible after seeing this film if you haven't. A total mindfuck that actually has heart and emotion in it as well, despite not seeming that way at first.

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        • #5
          I liked it too, though not as much as IRREVERSIBLE. More brutal character study than horror, but the ending is certainly horrifying in its implications. I'm glad to see these films being discussed on BD...

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          • #6
            Anyone seen Carne? I still haven't watched this short film yet, but I did see it a while ago on ebay with english subs and everything. Should have bought it.

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            • #7
              Gaspar Noe has a film being released this year (in Europe anyway) called Enter the Void. It's going to be shown at Cannes Film Festival this week or next week. Here's the synopsis I found:

              Oscar and sister Linda now live in Tokyo. Oscar survives by doing small drug deals while Linda is a stripper in a nightclub. One night during a police raid, Oscar is hit by a bullet. While dying, his spirit, faithful to the promise made to his sister to never give up, refuses to leave the world of the living. Then his mind wanders in the city and his visions become increasingly chaotic and nightmarish. Past, present and future will mix in a hallucinatory maelstrom.

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              • #8
                This film is brilliant. It fucked with my mind though. It had me thinking that what the butcher was doing was okay..wtf

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Wonderlust View Post
                  This film is brilliant. It fucked with my mind though. It had me thinking that what the butcher was doing was okay..wtf
                  I wonder how many people here realized it's a prequel to 'Irréversible'.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Blastalot View Post
                    I wonder how many people here realized it's a prequel to 'Irréversible'.
                    Its not exactly a prequel, the butcher's story is just concluded in the beginning of Irreversible
                    I Stand Alone is great tho. Enter the Void is fascinating
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CyaNidexLandMine View Post
                      Its not exactly a prequel, the butcher's story is just concluded in the beginning of Irreversible
                      I Stand Alone is great tho. Enter the Void is fascinating
                      I would consider it a prequel as it just goes on in one line..

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Wonderlust View Post
                        This film is brilliant. It fucked with my mind though. It had me thinking that what the butcher was doing was okay..wtf
                        Me too. In fact he is right in what he's doing. Of course it's harsh and brutal, but it makes sense considering the misery he is going through. I haven't seen so far a movie, which depicts so brutally the lack of perspective and total loneliness of a human being. One of Noe's many masterpieces. He truly delivers and gives the term bitterness a whole new meaning. A killer film.
                        Originally posted by stewietantrum View Post
                        I haven't seen it yet, but I've heard good things about it. There's apparently some pretty brutal scenes in it... in fact, before one of them the film stops and a disclaimer pops up warning the audience of the brutality to come. Definitely a film I'd like to see eventually.
                        Yes, a disclaimer pops up and prompts the squeamish in the audience to leave the theater now. Quite original and funny, but the fun soon stops after the film rolls on again. I still have to purchase the DVD of it, but that's not so easy...

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                        • #13
                          Where to begin with I Stand Alone. What a honest portrait of a broken man. Not for everyone! I love Gasper Noe's work and can't wait for Enter the Void!
                          http://www.youtube.com/user/ZenHorrorgasm

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                          • #14
                            So much of this rang true to me. Does that make me ignorant? No, but I can see where he is coming from. Probably the most nihilistic film I've seen, though there is a kind of closure in the end.

                            Other movies to compare it to would be Angst or Taxi Driver.

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                            • #15
                              I loved this movie, in this movie there are no friends, no place to cling to, no just laws, there is no excuse and there is no escape.

                              It is almost obvious that the director Gaspar Noe is influenced by pornographic films and gore. Definitely my favorite director, plus he is Argentine o better said french - argentine.

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