Seul Contre Tous

Gaspar Noé explores concepts of nihilism and existentialism through the venomous mind of a common man.

I’m not gonna dwell into philosophy to explain the movie, there is no need to do that, this review is extensive already as it is, but one thing I may tell you from start is that this movie will leave you thinking. As in Irréversible, again the director leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth, not caused by the extreme violence in some scenes but by the realism of the main characters thoughts.

The film is based on The Butcher character and his interior monologues. This is man in a downhill spiral of despair, filled with anger against everyone and struggling for survival by his own means. Violence has been part of his life since the beginning, and after trying a new start in a new city with a new girlfriend, his uncontrollable rage leads him back to violence and back to Paris, his home city, with almost no money in his pocket and a gun loaded with three bullets.

Seul Contre Tous is methodical, and what shocks is the incredibly detailed description on how a disturbed human mind rationalizes everyday reality. The audience is brought into the mind of a man pushed to his limits, a man capable of anything, and as he falls lower and lower, becoming more desperate, his mind explores more and more dark thoughts, in a crescendo of intensity that culminates in violence followed by catharsis.

This movie is disturbing because we all know The Butcher character.
He could be our neighbor, that one always bitter about everything. Do his thoughts come from his situation and general feeling of hopelessness, or is he the face of society’s repressed anger? Many people call this movie the French Taxi Driver, the comparison is inevitable and the similarities I agree are obvious, but Seul Contre Tous is much more gutsy and believable. The Butcher feels more real, his psycho-sexual motifs are exposed in his monologues, everything is thrown into the audience and we are left to deal with it…that’s a common mark in Gaspar Noé, and the reason why this film also left a mark in the back of my mind.


TRAILER (in French, no subtitles)


5 Responses to “Seul Contre Tous”

  1. 1 A Constant Refrain 3 February, 2010 at 11:36 am

    era fiche os frnaceses falarem mais devagar para ver o filme,
    boa review

  2. 2 Limpa Vias 3 February, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    pah optima review, fiqei bem interessado! vai ja pos downloads!

  3. 3 hermano 11 February, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    memo do kickback, ainda so vi o carne. tenho de sacar isto quando for a marinha

  1. 1 Por falar no Gaspar Noé… « Aconstantrefrain's Blog Trackback on 5 February, 2010 at 9:41 am
  2. 2 Carne « WALKtheWALK Trackback on 13 May, 2010 at 11:19 pm

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