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  • Actors: Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankie Pain, Martine Audrain, Jean-François Rauger
  • Directors: Gaspar Noé
  • Writers: Gaspar Noé
  • Producers: Gaspar Noé, Lucile Hadzihalilovic
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005K9O8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,361 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Stand Alone" on IMDb

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In this French drama, Gaspar Noe, who won awards (Prix Georges Sadoul, Cannes Crix Week) for his 40-minute Carne (1991), continues where that film ended, beginning with a Carne recap: The Butcher (Philippe Nahon) narrates, telling how, as a war orphan working at 14, he opened his horsemeat butcher shop and fathered a mute, retarded daughter. After the mother and daughter left for life in a Paris suburb, he served a prison term after an assault on someone he mistakenly believed had raped his daughter. The follow-up sequel, set in a Lille suburb, begins in 1980: Obese bar owner (Franjkyie Pain) is pregnant by The Butcher, who is unable to find work. The couple moves in with her mother, but he becomes irritated with the two women and goes to Paris where the humiliation of job-hunting and the sum total of futility and hopelessness triggers thoughts of what he might accomplish with his gun and his last three bullets. Shown at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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If you are still curious please rent the movie first.
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The main character is an unemployed butcher, middle aged, whose life is one long series of disappointments.
Jeffrey Leach
A movie like this is rare, but can really say something.
K. R. Sancho

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184 of 201 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on March 6, 2004
Format: DVD
When I recently viewed Gaspar Noe's film "Irreversible," I noticed with interest a scene at the beginning of the movie where an elderly man waxes philosophic about the various problems in his life to another poor soul while both men sit in a filthy, cramped room. I chuckled inwardly about Noe's in joke since anyone who has seen "I Stand Alone" recognizes the elderly gent with a bad attitude as none other than the suicidal butcher, the main character in this gripping film about the psychological free fall of a man with nothing left to lose in life. If I had to compare "Irreversible" with "I Stand Alone," I would definitely pick "Irreversible" as the better of the two in nearly every aspect of filmmaking, but "I Stand Alone" is a memorable experience nonetheless. If you thought watching Monica Bellucci suffer indignity after indignity was bad, you should watch the last twenty minutes of "I Stand Alone" for a whole knew outlook on what constitutes "disturbing." Gaspar Noe is quickly turning into my favorite "foreign" film director. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
The plot of "I Stand Alone" is frighteningly simple. The main character is an unemployed butcher, middle aged, whose life is one long series of disappointments. We learn he is the son of a French communist executed by the Nazis who eventually married, had a child, and lost his business after he killed a man he mistakenly assumed had brutalized his daughter. The incident sent his young child over the edge mentally, requiring her to check in for a lengthy stay at the local mental motel.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mater Dolorosa on May 28, 2002
Format: DVD
You either have the guts to watch Noé's films or you don't. People who don't usually leave the cinema after 10 minutes and feel attacked for no reason. People who do are usually stunned. Nothing like this has ever been done.
All of Noé's films contain no more than 2 violent scenes but the rest of it is extremely oppressing (he and his wife use to argue about not falling into Truffaut clichés) - and if the point is to shock the public, I've never seen it done in such an inteligent and pointful way. It has been said that his films are immoral and push people to immoral thoughts - I don't think so. The situations are often extreme but their dark side is close to that of Peckinpah's films: it is never gratuitous.
Carne and I stand alone have both won the first prize at Cannes Semaine de la critique festival. And, by the way, there exists another dvd edition of I stand alone which contains Carne, various trailers, comments, critics and several transcriptions of the butcher's thoughts.
If you have liked this, don't miss Noé's new film called Irreversible, presented this year (2002) at Cannes.
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133 of 160 people found the following review helpful By D. Mok on August 23, 2001
Format: DVD
In a way, the fact that I was very offended by this film is a testament to its power. On the other, this is the first time I've found it hard to let the filmmaker off the hook on moral grounds.
The extreme, extreme violence of this film is truly nauseating. And I say this as one who's studied cinematic violence of all sorts -- from Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer to The Re-Animator, from The Killer to Salo: The 120 Days of Sodom, from Robocop to Maniac. But I dare say none of them evoked the incredibly negative response that I Stand Alone did. The body count is low, but the acts of violence are so extended, and so repulsive in their immorality, that they hit you like sledgehammer blows. This is the kind of film that would immediately get banned as a video nasty in the UK, and possibly get its director mobbed.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is the closest comparison I can draw. Man Bites Dog isn't nearly as bleak; Taxi Driver isn't as brutal or cold-blooded; and Maniac doesn't have one per cent of the brains. What I feel is a feature-length ode to hatred, to blind, inarticulate hatred for all things alive and dead, and ultimately to self. At the same time that I marvel at its ability to strike body blows and portray a reality (psychological and physical) this frightening, I can't say I really like this film. At times, the film lingers so long on the suffering of its characters and assimilates the viewpoint of its reprehensible protagonist so thoroughly that it becomes hard whether it's the character that's violent and detestable, or the film that so closely resembles him.
If you like challenging cinema, it's definitely worth a look. But if you've ever cried or become sick because of a movie, think twice before you delve into this one.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Richard Van Camp on September 18, 2001
Format: DVD
Brutal.Unforgiving.Raw. You need mental equipment to sit through this gripping portrayal of a man with nothing left to lose. He's got his clothes, a stolen pistol with only 3 bullets and a hit list that's growing by the hour. This guy is an animal, and what's wrong with his face, anyway? His eyes bulge out; he refuses to smile. His face is almost purple with hate. He haunts old friends in France asking for money and yet they have none. He's starving. He has death fantasies for everyone. The director and the narrator even warn you to leave the room if you're not ready for what's coming down the pipe (and I should have left), but it's lovely at the end. Just hang in there. This movie is a must for folks who need a "pick me up". Incredible acting. Drama at its finest and darkest. Wonderful writing. You can tell where comic artists like Frank Miller and Tim Bradstreet find some of their characters. Somebody send me a T shirt with the main character glaring with his bug eyes. Warning to some viewers: very brutal wife abuse scene. Again, you need mental equipment to sit through this--but hang in there (and remember they're only acting!) Take care, everybody!
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