I Stand Alone

Director: Gaspar NoƩ
Year Released: 1999
Rating: 2.0

Who knew that the insane could be so ... wordy? Solipsistic cipher looks upon world with utter contempt, mentally spewing hatred - he tries to get job after jail stint, but no one will help him, further reinforcing the bitterness and rage. For the most part this is a nihilistic, overly simplified adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Notes From Underground, but the 'goal,' in this case, is for the lead to have sex with his teenage daughter (his feelings for her are what landed in him in prison - he killed a man who allegedly fondled her). His cerebral logorrhea makes this more of an exercise in speed-reading (for we non-French) than a genuinely insightful look into psychosis - Noé's desire to be a provocateur conflicts with any political or moral message.