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A Self Made Hero

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Director  Jacques Audiard
Music director  Alexandre Desplat
Language  French
7.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Comedy
Country  France
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Writer  Jacques Audiard, Alain Le Henry, Jean-Francois Deniau
Release date  15 May 1996 (1996-05-15)
Based on  Un heros tres discret  by Jean-Francois Deniau
Screenplay  Jacques Audiard, Alain Le Henry
Cast  Mathieu Kassovitz (Albert Dehousse), Anouk Grinberg (Servane), Sandrine Kiberlain (Yvette), Albert Dupontel (Dionnet), Jean-Louis Trintignant (Albert Dehousse (old)), Philippe Nahon (Le général)
Similar movies  Directed by Jacques Audiard, Mathieu Kassovitz movies, Set in France

A Self Made Hero (French: Un héros très discret) is a 1996 French film directed by Jacques Audiard. It is based on the novel by Jean-François Deniau.


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Albert Dehousse has grown up on heroic novels, unfortunately his life isn't quite so exciting. Albert lives in a village in Northern France with his mother, who lives in memory of her husband, who she claims died a hero in the First World War. World War Two passes the pair by, as Albert is not called up as he is the only child of a war widow, denying him of his chance to become a hero. Having married the daughter of a member of the resistance, he leaves his family and his marriage for Paris where heroes are truly celebrated.

About the film

"Les vies les plus belles sont celles qu’on s’invente", (the most beautiful lives are those we invent) announces an older Albert Dehousse at the beginning of the film. Un héros très discret is a film which investigates the divide between fantasy and reality.

Awards and nominations

  • Cannes Film Festival (France)
  • Won: Best Screenplay (Jacques Audiard and Alain Le Henry)
  • Nominated: Golden Palm (Jacques Audiard)
  • César Awards (France)
  • Nominated: Best Actor – Supporting Role (Albert Dupontel)
  • Nominated: Best Actress – Supporting Role (Sandrine Kiberlain)
  • Nominated: Best Director (Jacques Audiard)
  • Nominated: Best Editing (Juliette Welfling)
  • Nominated: Best Music (Alexandre Desplat)
  • Nominated: Best Writing (Jacques Audiard and Alain Le Henry)
  • Stockholm Film Festival (Sweden)
  • Won: Best Screenplay (Jacques Audiard and Alain Le Henry)
  • Nominated: Bronze Horse
  • Valladolid Film Festival (Spain)
  • Won: Silver Spike (Jacques Audiard)
  • Nominated: Golden Spike (Jacques Audiard)
  • References

    A Self Made Hero Wikipedia
    A Self Made Hero IMDb A Self Made Hero

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