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5.0 out of 5 stars Self's the man, 5 April 2010
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This review is from: A Self Made Hero [DVD] [1997] (DVD)
In Self-Made Hero,Audiard shows his capacity to fashion his film around a strong male actor,concealing the formidable techniques of film-making, while constructing the craft of story-telling through self-conscious narration.Albert Dehousse,literally reinvents a past for himself through discretion,omission and charm, superposing himself into relationships with benevolent mentors,the Captain Dionnet and Monsieur Jo,he positions himself into photographs with veterans or at war trials and joins Resistance group-meetings.He invents a past for himself as a Resistance hero during the German Occupation;these carefully crafted,totally invented tales are then collaged with equally fake documentaries and television reportage.

This is a perfectly light-hearted approach to national guilt and personal impotence taking a few satirical swipes at France under the Occupation(who collaborated?) and the post-war need to reinvent its past, to reclaim lost pride and honour.The hero moves up through the Resistance world in comic mode as he is adopted by his father-figures,and the outcome is surprising, playing as it does on the human need to invent oneself.Mattieu Kassovitch plays this dreamer,Walter Mitty character to perfection. The supporting cast are second to none,especially the two female actresses,Kimberlaine and Grinberg.Actors need to lie to become other people.They learn their lines to become someone else,without being those people.
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