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I Stand Alone

I Stand Alone

I Stand Alone

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1998 / 93min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: GASPAR NOé

CAST: PHILIPPE NAHON

An expansion of his short film crowd-displeaser Carne, Noé’s debut feature returns to the same central character played by Philippe Nahon, known only as the Butcher, submerging the viewer completely into a brutalized life scarred by incest, violence, sexual panic, and long days at the butcher’s block hacking away at hunks of horse meat. One of the most extreme portraits of social isolation and dysfunction ever made, it’s a guttural howl, and a throwing down of the gauntlet before polite, tastefully minimalist art house cinema.

35mm print courtesy of the Sundance Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Screening as a part of Gaspar Noé x 2.