I Stand Alone

Synopsis: The Butcher (known from Noe's short film Carne) has done some time in jail after beating up the guy who tried to seduce his teenage mentally-handicapped daughter. Now he wants to start a new life. He leaves his daughter in an institution and moves to Lille suburbs with his mistress. She promised him a new butcher shop. She lied. The butcher decides to go back to Paris and find his daughter.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Gaspar Noé
Production: Love Streams Productions
  5 wins & 6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Rotten Tomatoes:
86%
NOT RATED
Year:
1998
93 min
179 Views

MORAL:

Do you know what moral is?

Let me tell you.

Moral is for the people

that own it, for the rich.

And who's always right?

The rich, and the poor are screwed.

JUSTICE:

Shall I show you my moral?

Won't you be sorry?

- I'm not sure.

I think you'll be afraid.

This is my moral.

There's the moral.

Do you know why I have this?

Because Mr. Moral there in his uniform...

...always wins.

Him and his damn moral.

And I...

This is my justice.

Whether you're right...

...or wrong...

...it doesn't matter man.

Les Cinemas de la Zone present:

The drama of a butcher alone

in the guts of his land.

Everyone his own life, everyone his moral.

If I would summarize my life...

...my life is like that of a loser.

They should write that down.

The story of man

like so many others.

It all started in France,

land of cheese and traitors.

The man was born near Paris

in 1939.

In 1941 his mother abandoned him.

He has never seen her again.

On liberation day the boy

finds out who his father is.

A communist who died

in one of the concentration camps.

He's six years old now.

His mental struggle begins.

His innocence was stolen from him

in the name of Jesus as he was raised.

To be able to survive the boy

becomes a butcher at 14.

The next ten years he works

for various people...

...saving every cent

for his own business.

Which he gets when he's 30.

It's difficult at first...

...but after two years

the shop is running well.

Well he makes a living out of it.

He meets a young factory worker...

...and takes her virginity from her in

the l'Avenir Hotel across from the factory.

From there on it goes fast.

Nine months later he will be father of

Cynthia, a baby unwanted by the mother.

He is once again abandoned and is

left to bring up his daughter alone.

Years pass by.

The shop is fine.

The butcher buys an apartment

where the daughter grows up to be mute.

Her adolescence starts.

She's becoming a woman.

The father, still single,

has to fight his lust.

That's when fate strikes.

The girl has her first period.

In unknown pain

she runs off to the shop.

On the way there a worker tries

to seduce her.

A neighbour sees it happen

and takes her to her father.

The father sees the blood on her skirt

and thinks she's been raped.

He gets a knife

and goes to find the rapist.

The man sees a worker on a dock

The butcher slashes the man's

face with the knife.

The butcher goes to jail for that.

The girl is put in an institution.

The father occasionally writes

his daughter. Months pass.

The butcher has to sell the apartment

and the butcher shop.

Finally the butcher is free again

but without any possessions.

To survive, the man

becomes a bartender.

He soon becomes his boss's lover. She

gets pregnant and want to sell the bar...

...to start a new life

in an other town.

She even has enough money

to rent a butcher shop.

The man has no choice.

For the first time he visits

his daughter.

He tells her goodbye.

She sees him leave but says nothing.

The next day the man drives out of

Paris with his wife...

...hoping to escape the dark tunnel

that is his life.

In Lille they move in with

the woman's mother...

...until they find a house and a shop.

Compared to Paris the streets

up North seem abandoned and grey.

For the first time the man

feels like a stranger.

He sees projections of his

dead father.

But the butcher is like everyone else

A being that wants to survive.

He then decides to forget about his past

and betrayal of his daughter.

Just like his love for her. Well,

love is a bit too strong.

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Gaspar Noé

Gaspar Noé (Spanish: [gasˈpar noˈe]; French: [ɡas.paʁ nɔ.e]; born December 27, 1963) is an Argentine filmmaker living in France. He is the son of Argentine painter, writer and intellectual Luis Felipe Noé. He is mostly known for his five feature films: I Stand Alone (1998), Irréversible (2002), Enter the Void (2009), Love (2015), and Climax (2018). His film Love premiered at the Grand Theatre Lumiere in the Midnight Screenings section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. more…

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