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Whatever (1999)

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Story of a man whose misanthropy goes out of control due to a business trip together with a colleague.

Director:

Philippe Harel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Bianco Philippe Bianco ... La voix du narrateur (voice)
Philippe Harel Philippe Harel ... Notre Héros
José Garcia ... Tisserand
Catherine Mouchet ... La psychologue
Cécile Reigher Cécile Reigher ... Catherine Lechardoy
Marie-Charlotte Leclaire Marie-Charlotte Leclaire ... La secretaire d H. La Brette
Philippe Agael Philippe Agael ... Henri La Brette
Alain Guillo Alain Guillo ... Buvet
Yvan Garouel Yvan Garouel ... Un représentant du Ministère
Christophe Rossignon Christophe Rossignon ... Bernard
Nicolas Simon Nicolas Simon ... Schnabele
Philippe Staw Philippe Staw ... Le psychiatre
Jean-Luc Abel Jean-Luc Abel ... Le mendiant du métro
Constantine Attia Constantine Attia ... Le costaud du Malibu
Michka Assayas Michka Assayas ... Le chef du service informatique
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Story of a man whose misanthropy goes out of control due to a business trip together with a colleague.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 October 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Whatever See more »

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Lazennec Films, Canal+ See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Fin de decade depression blues.
8 January 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A true anomaly in the French cinema ,this despairing work has no equivalent in the contemporary production.One would rather have to look on the side of Louis Malle's "le feu follet" (1963)(the fire within) to find something not completely unlike Harel's effort.Wry and cynical,having lost all his illusions,the hero ,a computer scientist,has got no more reason to live.Absolutely none.Estranged from the human race,he seems to live his life as some kind of entomologist,studying his colleagues.One of them catches his attention:Tisserand-José Garcia plays the most demeaning part of the decade-.Then Tisserand will become some kind of prey:all his pessimism will rub off on this poor man.The scene is the night-club climaxes the strange relationship:the hero tells his victim that his life will always be unfulfilled unless he.... Well now the movie takes a more conventional turn so to speak (Clouzot's misanthropy maybe)but just for a while.

The form is weird beyond comment There are two voices-over,one for the narrator who always refers to the main character as "our hero",one for the aforementioned hero.The story takes place,now in Paris,now in Rouen ,Guy de Maupassant's town.In a scene with his shrink ,the hero says the writer's madness was only the expression of his disgust for Man and he draws a parallel between his despair and Maupassant's one.

This depressing movie is only suitable for an informed audience.Not for the very short excerpts of X-rated movies,but because after watching it,you may be feeling down in the dumps.


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