A Self-Made Hero
World Cinema Classics • Comedy, Drama, War, UR
The most beautiful lives are those we invent”, announces the main character, as he reflects on his life as an imposter, masquerading as a hero of the French Resistance. While there were many people who belatedly reimagined a courageous backstory under Nazi occupation, Albert Dehousse (played by La Haine director and Amélie star Mathieu Kassovitz) goes one step further, poring over wartime documents, interrogating genuine heroes to ‘borrow’ their memories and even inserting himself into original news footage. Albert’s lies initially seem harmless and amusing, but gradually push him into a position of profound responsibility.
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