L'Humanité

L'Humanité

Director: Bruno Dumont

Cast: Bruno Dumont, Emmanuel Schotté, Séverine Caneele, Philippe Tullier

     
 
Bruno Dumont's disturbing, ultra anti-Hollywood pic L'Humanite is available on DVD through Fox Lorber Home Video. The unrated film is presented in its original widescreen 1.85:1 format. The DVD includes the standard scene selection screens and comes equipped with optional English subtitles. Special features include a list of production credits encompassing both

Overview

Bruno Dumont's disturbing, ultra anti-Hollywood pic L'Humanite is available on DVD through Fox Lorber Home Video. The unrated film is presented in its original widescreen 1.85:1 format. The DVD includes the standard scene selection screens and comes equipped with optional English subtitles. Special features include a list of production credits encompassing both the filmmakers and DVD makers, a theatrical trailer, and a 16-minute interview with director Bruno Dumont. Also included is a "DVD newsletter," which is basically a weblink advertising other DVD product.

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All Movie Guide
At once glacial and gripping, profound and pretentious, Bruno Dumont's L'Humanite is an ostensible police procedural that has far more on its mind than the usual machinations of a whodunit. The movie's grandiose intentions are advertised in its very title. Clocking in at just under two-and-a-half hours, this ponderous and, at times, maddening film threatens to buckle under the weight of its ambition and purpose. Capturing human activity with Swiftian frankness, Dumont sketches an unflattering portrait of people as little more than animals. This outlook is perhaps best exemplified by the startling sexual imagery in the movie: his sex scenes are drained of prurience and filmed as sweaty, unattractive, and purely animalistic acts. The unnerving rigor of his gaze extends beyond the sexual. As tactile a film as one will ever see, the movie captures physical details with startling immediacy, from the quiet rustle of grass on a windy day to the glistening patch of sweat on a man's neck. If Dumont's technique leaves little room for ambiguity, his story certainly doesn't. With a police officer-cum-holy innocent as its unlikely protagonist, the crime story trudges to a perplexing conclusion best not discussed here. Suffice to say that the ending is more suggestive than conclusive. For all the head-scratching it might inspire, the cryptic final frame is perfect in its own way, lacing a parting frisson of mysterious transcendence to Dumont's brutal and taxing vision of humanity.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2001
UPC:
0720917526225
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
2:28:00

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Scene Access
0. Scene Access
1. A Crime Is Commited [7:17]
2. Carrying On [12:23]
3. Domino [8:55]
4. The Seaside [10:57]
5. Up At The Castle [7:53]
6. Possible Witness [7:43]
7. The Police Station [8:45]
8. Despair [8:39]
9. The Painting [7:26]
10. Interrogation [8:26]
11. On Strike [5:52]
12. Help From Afar [6:24]
13. Tension Builds [7:20]
14. Where To Turn? [11:47]
15. Friends [10:50]
16. The Guilty One [10:46]

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