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Thursday, June 18, 2009

SEUL CONTRE TOUS / I STAND ALONE (1998)

Another relentless diatribe from scripter/megger/provocateur Gaspar (IRREVERSIBLE/’02) Noé, who does nothing by halves. This one’s about a down-on-his-luck/down-for-the-count butcher whose miserable life journey makes ‘Murphy’s Law’ look like winning the lottery. The idea was to follow this ticking psychotic bomb as endgame closes in, listening to his ceaseless Right-Wing paranoid rants (mostly in voice-over) while he looks for work, drink, money, sex, undying love and a few choice victims to take care of. This hapless crumb of lost humanity is something Dostoevsky might have understood, but Noé uses his impressive film technique to goad him into action and tickle us with graphic sex & violence. The final scene is particularly horrific, but a trick ending leaves room for doubt about all the atrocities we’ve been watching. Maybe it’s time to just say ‘no’ to Noé.

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