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A Self Made Hero [VHS]


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  • Actors: Mathieu Kassovitz, Anouk Grinberg, Sandrine Kiberlain, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Albert Dupontel
  • Directors: Jacques Audiard
  • Writers: Jacques Audiard, Alain Le Henry, Jean-François Deniau
  • Producers: Françoise Galfré, Patrick Godeau
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • VHS Release Date: May 12, 1998
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1567301452
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,798 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Thus claims Jean-Louis Trintignant in one of the brief modern-day 'interviews' in Jacques Audiard's wryly amusing and constantly engaging Un Heros Tres Discret/A Self-Made Hero. The main body of the film follows Matthieu Kassovitz's Albert Dehousse, Trintignant's younger self, an innocuous underachiever dreaming of heroic acts he never gets the chance to carry out who is devastated when he discovers his wife and new family have hidden their resistance work from him and denied him his chance to be a real hero. Betrayed, adrift and penniless in a newly-liberated Paris, he learns to take advantage of a moment in history when anything is suddenly possible and, thanks to fortuitous friendships with genuine hero Captain Dionnet (Albert Dupontel) and well-connected collaborator Monsieur Jo (Francois Berléand), reinvents himself as a self-effacing hero with just enough inside knowledge to get by. He gets himself photographed in the crowd at war crimes trials, gradually inveigling his way into newsreels with real veterans and even makes capital out of the fact that many of his comrades have no idea who he is by amiably telling them they clearly don't remember him and shouldn't embarrass themselves by pretending, shaming them into 'remembering' him and allowing him into their inner circle. An honest liar who knows how to listen and to sell the stories of others as his own, often to the very person he overheard it from, he rarely lies but rather omits, leaving his audience to fill in the gaps, just as he never asks for anything but simply takes what is offered because of who his audience has convinced themselves he is.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Why can't American films look this good?! How do the European film makers make their characters so human? This movie takes a little time to take off but no real thumb twiddling here. The story of a young man who, after World War II discovers the benefits of lying his way to a high ranking position in the provisional French government. Not someone you'd care too much for. That's the only problem here. Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kemal on January 1, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is a great film. The characters were very believable, and the setting and details of postwar Europe were well researched. Really enjoyable story of a dreamer, that keeps you grounded with more than a couple moments that remind you that war is never simple and always a tragedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. T. A. Oliveira on January 30, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
French Albert has always had a meaningless life. Living beyond the shadow of his possessive mother in the countryside of France, he dreams of becoming someone big. And his dreams come true; he becomes a very important and famous hero of war without even being at any war. This is the story of the right man, in the right, and that with some help of chance and luck, happens to deceive many people and achieve a huge success, power, notoriety and money.
The film is told in flashback by Albert himself, who shows what led him to become what he did. Moreover, to make things more believable, from time to time there is an `spontaneous' and accurate report by people who lived with Albert commenting on his actions and events of his life. The film has a very peculiar kind of fun, that may not suit all tastes.
Mathieu Jassovitz is very funny and good as the soldier. Albert is funny and very very intelligent. The script is very well written and is shows how Albert has never meant to be bad, but he was led to do what he did.
All in all, it is a different movie that I recommend to all who want to have some fun combined with intelligence. It is not the kind of humor that makes you laugh out laud, but it makes you smile many times.
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