Thursday, 7 April 2011

Watched - No1 - A Self Made Hero (Jacques Audiard,1996)

Before firmly establishing himself in the minds of cinema audiences with Read My Lips, The Beat That My Heart Skipped and A Prophet, Jacques Audiard's second feature A Self Made Hero contained plenty of indicators that he would become a major director. Matthieu Kassowitz, the director of La Haine, stars as a war widow's son who invents a life for himself as a Resistance hero, fooling his way into the heart of French society and a high ranking position within the military. Audiard's black comedy is a little gem, full of visual flourishes, tightly scripted and confidently directed. Audiard seems to be pre-occupied with lone males, often outsiders, constructing identities for themselves and struggling with the consequences and this early career entry is well worth seeking out.

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