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Posted October 1, 2010
Seul Contre Tous is not a pleasant film to watch. It's bleak, dark, and probably the most nihilistsic film I've ever seen, with a lone main character that makes 'Taxi Driver''s Travis Bickle look downright chipper. I use 'Taxi Driver' as an example because the comparison is apt. Both films feature roaming, loner main characters flailing blindly through life and, for the most part, hating themselves. Where Bickle's angst is first aimed at general society, he eventually directs his angst at the local scum. I Stand Alone's 'butcher' rails against everyone, including himself, but eventually targets his loved ones, including his daughter, in a very disturbing but oddly moving moment of the film. A continuance of Gaspar Noe's earlier short feature, 'Carne', this film pulls no punches and is an extremely dark ride into the mind of a very disturbed man. Gaspar Noe's unconventional directing style is as jolting as Nahon's performance, which keeps the film to mostly internal monologue and brutal jump-cuts. It's wholly a magnificent film, but one that leaves harrowing afterthoughts, much like Noe's last film, 'Irreversible'. Watch it, marvel in it, and take a shower.
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Posted June 22, 2010
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