I Stand Alone (1998)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 75

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AKA: Seul Contre Tous, One Against All
Directed by: Gaspar Noe
Starring: Philippe Nahon (Butcher), Blandine Lenoir (Daughter), Frankie Pain (Wife)
Country: France
Language: French (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:28:35
Genres: Misery-Depression, Incest, Old-Young Relationships

Plot – Spoilers:
A butcher living, as he calls it, in the bowels of France is out of jail and out of work. A once-independent man with his his own shop, he’s now dependent on a woman he can’t stand, but who’s pregnant with his kid.

He walks the lifeless streets rambling to himself thoughts of hate, emptiness and cynicism about traditional values. The only time we see life around him is when he actually interacts with another person.

The butcher is a very entertaining and interesting person – he isn’t one of those characters who drones bullshit, often making for boring viewing. Instead, he reflects his state and knows his place – in the bowels.

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OJ
OJ
December 6, 2020 10:12 am

This brilliant movie Pretty good shows fucked up state of a mind of a man with huge amount of anger, disappointment and hatred towards society, system and rich basterds. The only issue was reading endless subtitles and trying to watch the movie in the mean time. Somehow I feel his pain and suffering since Its really a fucked up world.

Zed Man
Zed Man
December 24, 2020 9:54 am

Bleak and depressing but powerful portrayal of a man on the edge. Not really gory until the end scene, which was heartbreaking, this is a movie that fucks with your mind with its grittiness. Great acting by the protagonist and direction was tight. Nice one EUM, Merry Xmas to all the guys at admin. Cheers!

david lünsch
david lünsch
January 21, 2021 12:11 pm

masterpiece

Nightmarica
Nightmarica
April 4, 2021 9:10 pm

Noe is in my top 5 favorite film makers. Utter despair are the only words that come to mind when describing this one. IMO this is one of the most effed up movies on here. Blood and guts cant compare to this portrait of a man with complete disgust for himself, and the world around him. Well done.

Glum.Sullen
Glum.Sullen
July 19, 2021 3:02 am

Incredible movie.

Kaytee
Kaytee
December 8, 2021 1:01 am

Well the narrator and I have similar thoughts about depression/nihilism. But seriously the close ups with the bang noise.. and that cringey warning.. wtf

Butch Coolidge
Butch Coolidge
March 5, 2022 1:38 pm

My favourite Gaspar Noe movie (recommend “Climax” as well). Very brutal and bleak, you feel dragged into Butcher’s hopelessness and descend to insanity. A masterpiece

fuckupmoviecritic
fuckupmoviecritic
March 7, 2022 6:40 am

what is with the ending? the movie itself was not too bad and entertaining