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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.


Philippe Harel
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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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The modern depressive at work and play
5 January 2001 | by p_reavySee all my reviews

This is a bleak, occasionally funny film, a little flawed by its obsessive mentality but worth seeing.

We follow an IT trainer barely holding down his job, struggling against loneliness, endlessly diagnosing the pointlessness of it all. Perhaps not entirely new territory for a French film - similar ground was covered not long ago by Cédric Kahn's L'Ennui. But there's enough observational wit here to hold our interest throughout, and the slightly unconvincing mid-section is compensated for by closing scenes that hit the right note.

The character's dislike of women is the film's most disturbing element. His hypotheses, while sometimes wild enough to entertain, are unlikely to be totally shared by the viewer. The shots of trains travelling to industrial parks made me think of Martin Parr's Boring Postcards and if you find something profound about multi-storey car parks, this is the film for you. There are also incidental treats such as the intriguingly dull food that "Our Hero" eats and his disgustingly nicotine-stained fingers.

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Release Date:

13 October 1999 (France) See more »

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Lazennec Films, Canal+ See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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