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I Stand Alone (film)

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Genre  Crime, Drama
Prequel  Carne
Country  France
7.5/10 IMDb

Director  Gaspar Noe
Screenplay  Gaspar Noe
Sequel  Irreversible
Writer  Gaspar Noe
Language  French
A poster of the 1998 movie “I Stand Alone” with a red background and the phrase above “critics week award 1998 Cannes film festival, Philippe Nahon in a film by Gaspar now”, and a phrase below “In the bowels of France, I stand alone.” Philippe Nahon standing nakedly with his right hand on his waist and he had a gray hair

Release date  16 May 1998 (1998-05-16) (Cannes Film Festival)17 February 1999 (1999-02-17)
Initial release  February 17, 1999 (France)
Cast  Philippe Nahon (le boucher), Blandine Lenoir (sa fille), Martine Audrain (sa belle-mère), Frankie Pain (sa maîtresse), Jean-François Rauger (agent immobilier), Guillaume Nicloux (gérant de supermarché)

Tagline  In the bowels of France
Similar  La Bouche de Jean Pierre, Thieves (1996 film), The Proprietor

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I Stand Alone is a 1998 French art film written and directed by Gaspar Noé, and starring Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankye Pain, and Martine Audrain. The original French title is Seul contre tous, which means "Alone against all". The film, focusing on several pivotal days in the life of a butcher facing abandonment, isolation, rejection and unemployment, was the director's first feature-length production, and is a sequel to his 1991 short film Carne.


Philippe Nahon seriously looking and laying on a red blanket while holding a gun pointing at his neck, he had gray hair and topless

I stand alone 1998 movie review


Philippe Nahon seriously looking and laying on a cream color blanket while holding a gun pointing at his neck, he had gray hair and topless

The history of the butcher, who doesn't have any other name, is narrated through voice-over and a montage of still photographs. Orphaned at a young age, he was sexually abused by a priest. As a teenager, unable to have the opportunity to study and learn a profession of his choice, he reluctantly embraces the career of butcher specialized in horse meat, a profession already frowned upon at the time in France. After several years of hard work, he's finally able to open his own horse meat butcher shop, and his girlfriend gives birth to a daughter. But when the woman realizes the infant is not a boy, she leaves the young father alone with the child. Embracing it as fate, the butcher decides to take care of his daughter alone. But as loneliness grows on the single father, he becomes overprotective and develops incestuous feelings for his child. When he sees blood on her skirt, he stabs the man who he thinks raped his daughter. He later understands that the stains were only menstrual blood. He is sentenced to prison and forced to sell his shop to a Muslim butcher, and his troubled daughter is sent to an institution. In prison, the butcher has sex with a cellmate. Upon his release, he vows to forget it all happened. He finds a job working as a bartender for the woman who owns the tavern where he was a regular customer. They begin dating, and soon she becomes pregnant. As they start making plans for their future together, she sells her business and they move to northern France, where she said she would buy a butcher shop for him.

Philippe Nahon seriously looking and laying on a brown color blanket while holding a gun pointing at his neck, he had gray hair and topless

There, she backs out of her promise. He has to take a night watchman job at a nursing home, where he meets a young and caring nurse, the complete opposite of his aging, careless mistress. As he and the nurse witness together an elderly patient die, the butcher thinks back about the lack of affection throughout his life, from the orphanage to a life with a careless mistress who abuses the power she has over him because of her money. When she unjustly accuses him of having an affair with the nurse, he snaps and punches her in the belly several times, very likely killing their unborn child, then steals a pistol and flees.

A poster of the 1998 movie “I Stand Alone” with three quotes at the top and a phrase “In the bowels of france” and the title below “I stand alone a film by gaspar noe, Seul contra tour starring Philippe Nahon”. Philippe Nahon in his half face and laying on a red color blanket while holding a gun pointing at his neck, he had gray hair and topless

He decides to return to Paris, where he rents the same flophouse room where he conceived his daughter, and begins looking for a job as a horse meat butcher. But the customers' taste changed during his time in prison, provoking a collapse of the horse meat market. Despite his patience, his job interviews consistently end up with rejection. He then proceeds to broaden his job search, but in general butchery he's considered as an unskilled worker. He has to start all over again at the bottom, which he does, not long before being fired for being too old for the position. He starts looking outside his branch, but the more he broadens his searches, the more humiliating the job interviews become. He remains polite, but the more desperate he becomes, the more quickly he's rejected by managers. When he turns to his old friends for advice, they all reject him. After being turned away at a slaughterhouse that once did business with his shop, the butcher decides to kill the slaughterhouse manager. He plots the murder at a local tavern, but is ejected from the bar at gunpoint after squabbling with the owner's son. The butcher finds that he has only three bullets in his gun, and begins assigning them to the men he feels have humiliated him the most.

In a clip from the 1998 movie “I Stand Alone”, Philippe Nahon standing in the corridor along with a woman with a person at the background, Philippe has gray hair wearing a white long sleeve and black pants while the woman has black hair and wearing a white polo

More and more isolated, he decides to look for the only person he feels has ever loved him, his daughter. After meeting her at the asylum in which she is a patient, he takes her back to his room where he's prey to opposite feelings towards her. As he's about to lose his sanity, he contemplates having sex with his daughter, before killing her. After the representation of this fantasy, the movie returns to the moment of the butcher's hesitation. He decides to put the gun away, resolving to be good, and tearfully embraces his daughter. But he starts again to contemplate having sex with her, in the same manner he did with her mother. Standing at a window, he unzips his daughter's jacket and begins fondling her. As he starts to abuse his daughter, the butcher, between more and more incoherent thoughts, tries to justify his act by asserting that the world condemns his love for his daughter only because it is too powerful.


In a clip from the 1998 movie “I Stand Alone”, Philippe Nahon hugging a woman while facing the glass window inside a room, Philippe has gray hair, wearing a black jacket, and the woman hair black hair wearing a white knitted jacket

  • Philippe Nahon as the butcher
  • Blandine Lenoir as his daughter, Cynthia
  • Frankye Pain as his mistress
  • Martine Audrain as his mother-in-law
  • Roland Guéridon as his old friend
  • Aïssa Djabri as Dr. Choukroun
  • Gérard Ortega as the bar owner
  • Alain Pierre as the owner's son
  • Zaven as the man with morality
  • Production

    In a clip from the 1998 movie “I Stand Alone”, Philippe Nahon sitting and holding a woman’s right leg, while the woman is smiling and laying on a bed while touching her boobs inside a room, with a phrase below “Seul contra tous un film de gaspar noe”. Philippe had gray hair, wearing a visible cleavage polo long sleeve under a black jacket, and the woman has black hair, wearing a gray top that shows half of his boob, and a black small skirt

    The film was produced by Les Cinémas de la Zone, a production company run by director Noé and his girlfriend Lucile Hadžihalilović. It was shot in an unusual combination of 16 mm film and the CinemaScope format. Recording took place sporadically over a period of two and a half years, with frequent budget problems. The fashion designer agnès b. eventually granted a loan which Noé says saved his production company. The gimmick of having a warning text before the story's climax was borrowed from William Castle's 1961 film Homicidal.

    In a clip from the 1998 movie “I Stand Alone”, Philippe Nahon seriously looks at a woman while touching her back in his right hand in the corridor, and a phrase below “You can live with a guy or a gal.” Philippe had gray hair wearing a white long sleeve and black pants while the woman has black hair wearing a white polo

    According to a 2010 interview, Noé came up with the idea of the butcher character following a conversation he had with his father as a teenager. The Argentinian-born Noé was traveling to his mother's native France for the first time, and upon landing in Paris, his father turned to him and said: "They eat horses here" (referring to the French consumption of horse meat, which is unheard of in Argentina). Noé then decided that a horse meat butcher would make a great character in a film, and this formed the basis for his first short Carne.


    A clip from the 1998 movie “I Stand Alone”, with a phrase above “from the director of irreversible gaspar Noe’s I stand”, and a phrase below, “Alone, warning! Contains scenes of graphic sexuality and violence”. Philippe Nahon seriously looking and laying on a brown color blanket while holding a gun pointing at his neck, he had gray hair and topless

    Most of the film's script consists of the Butcher's interior monologue, spoken in voice-over.

    The camera is usually stationary throughout the film, but this trend is sometimes contrasted by abrupt, rapid movements of the camera. The sudden movements are always accompanied by a loud sound effect, usually an explosive gunshot. A notable exception is the final crane shot, which moves gently away from the Butcher's window and turns to look down an empty street.

    The film frequently cuts to title cards that display a variety of messages. The cards often repeat a notable word spoken by the Butcher, such as "Morality" and "Justice". At the film's climax, a "Warning" title card counts down 30 seconds, to give viewers an opportunity to stop watching and avoid the remainder of the film.

    Film connections

    The film is a sequel to Noé's short film Carne, which is essentially a shortened version. The Butcher also makes a cameo appearance at the beginning of Irréversible, Noe's follow-up to I Stand Alone. In a drunken monologue, the Butcher reveals that he was arrested for having sex with his daughter.


  • International Critics' Week Award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival
  • Official Selection of Telluride, Toronto, New York, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Sundance film festivals.
  • Selected as a favorite film by John Waters to present as his annual selection within Maryland Film Festival 2003.
  • References

    I Stand Alone (film) Wikipedia
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