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After a dreadful incident coupled with an ungovernable paroxysm of violence, a butcher will fall into a downward spiral that will burn to the ground whatever dignity still remained in him.

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Cynthia
Frankie Pain ...
La Patronne du Cafe (as Frankye Pain)
Marie Berto ...
La Mere de Cynthia
Hélène Testud ...
La Bonne (as Helene Testud)
Roland Guéridon ...
Un Client du Cafe (as Roland Gueridon)
Zaven ...
La Carne
Michel Berto ...
L'Avocat
Pierre Jamin ...
Le Prisonnier
Lucile Hadzihalilovic ...
L'Infirmiere
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After the birth of his baby daughter Cynthia, a Parisian horse butcher soon finds himself abandoned, responsible to raise and care for his newborn girl, completely on his own. Moreover, as his little girl grows into an adolescent, nothing much seems to change in the butcher's life, who day in, day out, experiences the same numbing and tedious repetition, up until Cynthia's first signs of puberty. Under those circumstances and after a dreadful incident coupled with an ungovernable paroxysm of violence, the butcher will fall into a downward spiral that will burn to the ground whatever dignity still remained in him. Written by Nick Riganas

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Le Boucher: I hate violence, but I need it!
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Lettre a ma mere
Performed by Richard Clayderman
Composed by Paul de Senneville
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Simply interesting
2 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was my first Gaspar Noe movie I've watched and I have to say I was shocked. I don't mind gore in generally, but this isn't even gore , it's real butchering. For some of you a couple of scenes may be impossible to see and I mean really disgusting. Leaving aside these aspects, the main ideas revealed here and the dialog are quite brilliant. When you are given a strong argument against bringing a new life into the world and the manner in which it is given, you can't stop and take a minute to think about it. The actors did their job well, representing general masks of a handpick few people found at the bottom of a diseased society. The movie is full of metaphors, but I'll let you figure them out. Don't watch it if you want to have a lite, relaxing time. I recommend this movie to all those of you who want something to think about or simply watch something different of what you find in your average cinema.


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