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I Stand Alone

Due to graphic content, no one under 18 will be admitted.

Violence explodes when an anti-social, self-consumed ex-convict/ex-butcher who’s been separated from his only true love–his mentally-deficient daughter–attempts to rebuild his life and enter into society, to no avail. Driven to the edge of madness by his own disgust and annoyance with his petulant pregnant mistress, whom he mainly married for money, his bitterness erupts from rage and results in a brutal attack on both the pregnant wife and his mother-in-law. The ex-butcher is forced to flee and moves back to Paris in an attempt to rebuild his life once again, however he fails to reconnect with friends and can’t find a job. Without any money, his only companion is a loaded pistol and his only reason to live becomes revenge and the pursuit of reconnecting with his long-lost daughter whom he has continued to desire.

Winner of the International Critics’ Week award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for the Camera d’Or, Gaspar Noé (Irreversible) burst onto the international stage with this audacious and controversial debut film.

1998, 93 minutes, France, In French with English Subtitles, Directed by Gaspar Noé, Unrated

  • “[I Stand Alone]' probes as relentlessly into the psychology of nihilism as any movie has ever attempted. It uses the most extreme images and jarring sound effects to brand its character's searing message onto our brains whether we like it or not.”

    – Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
  • “Strange and unsettling as it is, Noe's clarity of vision makes his film ignite. Like a slammed door or a scream of anger, it slaps you awake.”

    - Michael Wilmington, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
  • “A film of alarming intensity. Noé's first feature bombards the audience with a vile voice-over and jarring gunshot zooms, forcing us to face the bristling hatred of one of society's ultimate outsiders.”

    – TJ Monday, TIMEOUT
  • “I Stand Alone makes Requiem for a Dream look like a Disney film.“

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