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Criterion Collection: L'humanite

Criterion Collection: L'humanite

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored)

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Overview

Bruno Dumont drew attention to his work with his first film, La vie de Jesus, which was a realistic portrayal of the miserable existence of people in a small town north of France. His second film, L'humanité, also takes place in Bailleul, the nondescript Flanders town of the previous film. Another similarity is that the hero of this film, Pharaoh de Winter (Emmanuel Schotte) is also a loner who lives with his mother. The house they live was owned by Pharaoh's grandfather, who was a famous painter. The opening scene shows Pharaoh walking in a freshly plowed field. He throws himself onto the moist soil to feel it and to smell it. Thirty-year-old Pharaoh is an unsophisticated and humble man. He is simple but not a simpleton. He has a crush on his sexy neighbor, factory worker Domino (Severine Caneele), a gentle soul in love with a brute named Joseph (Philippe Tullier). Pharaoh's daily life is quite dull; he is a police lieutenant, a job that does not agree with his mild temperament. He has to investigate the rape and murder of a little girl. What makes Pharaoh different from others is the suffering he goes through due to his uncontrollable empathy for other human beings. He is an emotional sponge condemned to carry the burden of all our wrongdoings. He is hungry for human feelings to the point that he would smell the face of the suspect he interrogates. In the final analysis, he also is a Jesus figure, like the hero of the first film. The message is there is no place for such figures in our cruel world. Bruno Dumont has a lot of compassion for his characters, which is evident in the way that he observes their daily lives and the conflicts that they are faced with. Explicit sexual scenes may offend some viewers. L'humanité won the Grand Prize of the 52nd Cannes Film Festival, 1999. Actress Severine Caneele shared the Best Actress award with Emilie Dequenne of Rosetta and Emmanuel Schotte won the Best Actor award.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/18/2019
UPC: 0715515231619
Original Release: 1999
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:28:00
Sales rank: 617

Special Features

Director-Approved Blu-ray Special Edition Features new 4k digital restoraiton, approved by Director Bruno Dumont, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio Soundtrack; New interview with Dumont; Conversation between Dumont and critic Phillipe Rouyer from 2014; Segment from a 2000 episode of the French television program Tendances featuring actress Severine Cneele; Segment from a 1999 French television-news program featuring Dumont; Trailer; New English Subtitle translation; Plus: An essay by critic Nicholas Elliott

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emmanuel Schotté Pharaon De Winter
Séverine Caneele Domino
Philippe Tullier Joseph
Ghislain Ghesquire Police Chief
Ginette Allegre Eliane

Technical Credits
Bruno Dumont Director,Screenwriter
Rachid Bouchareb Executive Producer
Jean Brehat Executive Producer
Yves Cape Cinematographer
Richard Cuvillier Score Composer
Marc Philippe Guerig Art Director
Jean-Pierre Laforce Sound/Sound Designer
Guy Lecorne Editor
Pierre Mertens Sound/Sound Designer
Mathilde Muyard Sound Editor
Nathalie Raoul Costumes/Costume Designer

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