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      A Self-Made Hero

      Released Sep 30, 1996 1h 45m Comedy List
      67% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 79% Audience Score 500+ Ratings This acclaimed French satire focuses on Albert Dehousse (Mathieu Kassovitz), a restless young man living in a small village, who longs to be a World War II hero but is denied military service because his mother is a war widow. When Albert finds out that his late father wasn't as upstanding as he'd thought, and that his mother has been a Nazi collaborator, he leaves his home and family and heads to Paris to join the French Resistance, passing himself off as a hero despite his sheltered life. Read More Read Less

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times In a larger sense, it's about our human weakness for inventing stories about ourselves, and telling them so often that we believe them. Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Russell Smith Austin Chronicle Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Maria Garcia Film Journal International Clever as the commentary may be, you simply don't care what happens to the protagonist. Jul 10, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 30, 2005 Full Review Steve Rhodes Internet Reviews The first half of the film is hopelessly muddled with the latter half being relatively better. Rated: 1.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Read all reviews

      Audience Reviews

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      Audience Member It is simply a masterpiece, the best movie from its author Audiard and perhaps THE best movie. This work around memory, fiction and destiny goes deeper in my mind then Citizen Kane. Yes, it's that good. Coppola's jury gave it the 96 Cannes scenario prize, it shoud have been the palme d'or. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member A very discrete hero...The movie begins with a little tale by Jean-Louis Trintignant which end is "the most beautiful life you can live is the one you invent"...A coward provincial leaves his little village at the end of WWII to "make it happen": he wants to be a hero although he cannot join the army. In Paris he meets a real soldier who tells him all about the army. Reading newspapers, he starts to invent his life as a French resistant till he becomes a leading light in the ministry of the army. The photography iand the pace of the film are fantastic. A wonderful script for a beautiful story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Kasovitz est un brillant acteur dans ce film brillant. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member A story about a man who deceives his way into success - in spectacular style and audacity. Kinda muddled, and I've yet to see a film from Audiard that really impressed me. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Ce film est admirablement joue, l'histoire originale et interessante mais... mais j'ai pas accroche, voila, les temoignages sont superflus et compliquent superficiellement la trame. De plus, impossible de ressentir la moindre emotion. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member "Les plus belles vies sont celles qu'on s'invente" Kassovitz parfait (super real ET acteur...), la voix d'Anouk Grinberg, Dupontel fantastique. Et surtout le scenario. En plus j ai decouvert Deniaux grace à ce film. Dernier point: j adore le principe selon lequel des enfants heureux donnent des adultes malheureux car forcement decu de la vie..Avec Requiem c'est le seul film que j'ai vu 2fois de suite au ciné (fan je vous dis...lol) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis This acclaimed French satire focuses on Albert Dehousse (Mathieu Kassovitz), a restless young man living in a small village, who longs to be a World War II hero but is denied military service because his mother is a war widow. When Albert finds out that his late father wasn't as upstanding as he'd thought, and that his mother has been a Nazi collaborator, he leaves his home and family and heads to Paris to join the French Resistance, passing himself off as a hero despite his sheltered life.
      Director
      Jacques Audiard
      Producer
      Françoise Galfré
      Screenwriter
      Jean-Francois Deniau, Alain Le Henry, Jacques Audiard
      Distributor
      Strand Releasing
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 30, 1996, Original
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $119.5K
      Runtime
      1h 45m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby