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With: Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankie Pain, Martine Audrain, Jean-Francois Rauger, Guillaume Nicloux, Olivier Doran, Aissa Djabri, Serge Faurie
Written by: Gaspar Noé
Directed by: Gaspar Noé
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Language: French, with English subtitles
Running Time: 93
Date: 05/16/1998

I Stand Alone (1999)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Butcher Ploy

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Written and directed by France's Gaspar Noe, I Stand Alone is a violent and disturbed movie about a jobless butcher (Philippe Nahon) who kills his pregnant wife and plots to kill others. The movie occasionally uses a startling effect: a skip-frame swish-pan accompanied by a gunshot sound. It also uses a William Castle-type device that gives audiences 30 seconds to leave just before the gruesome ending. I Stand Alone does its best to get inside the butcher's head, and is similar to Taxi Driver and Clean, Shaven, but it lacks the honesty of those movies. It seems too gimmicky, and it is very hard to watch.

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