A Decent Man / Je ne suis pas un salaud

2017 ARCHIVE

Director: Emmanuel Finkiel
Cast: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Melanie Thierry, Driss Radmi, Maryne Cayon
Country: France
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 2015
Genre: Drama
Rating: R16 Violence, offensive language & content that may disturb
Duration: 107 min
Festivals: ColCoA French Film Festival Los Angeles 2016, Ghent International Film Festival 2015

“A dark and brooding portrait of contemporary malaise, a chronicle of quiet desperation.” The Hollywood Reporter

Synopsis

Eddie spends more time drinking and moping about than he does looking for a proper job. After another drunken night on the town, he winds up hospitalised when a band of thugs stab him. Eddie wrongly identifies local Arab boy Ahmed as the principal culprit. While the legal machine gets underway with Ahmed, Eddie attempts to win back his wife and son through a new job. He soon becomes aware of the seriousness of his accusation but will do anything to stand by his proclamation.

In this gripping drama, Finkiel draws a dark portrait of contemporary society: Eddie cannot cope with the pressures of modern life, fighting against the world he lives in that prevents him from being a decent man. The gripping score and intensely driven performances highlight the spiral downfall of Eddie. An act of violence at the film’s end adds a major extratextual blow, reminiscent of the sad realities of violent acts of self justice in the US and Europe in recent years.

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Screenings

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WELLINGTON
Fri 3 Mar 8:30 pm D
Thurs 9 Mar 8:35 pm D

AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS
Thurs 9 Mar 8:35 pm
Tues 14 Mar 8:30 pm
Mon 20 Mar 8:35 pm

AUCKLAND – TAKAPUNA
Mon 6 Mar 8:30 pm
Thurs 16 Mar 8:30 pm

NELSON
Fri 10 Mar 8:30 pm
Tues 21 Mar 8:30 pm

CHRISTCHURCH
Mon 13 Mar 8:25 pm
Thurs 23 Mar 4:15 pm

ARROWTOWN
Fri 24 Mar 1:15 pm

TAURANGA
Wed 22 Mar 8:15 pm

PALMERSTON NORTH
Thur 30 Mar 8:00 pm

NEW PLYMOUTH
Thur 30 Mar 8:15 pm

HAMILTON
Thur 30 Mar 8:30 pm

HAVELOCK NORTH
Thur 30 Mar 8:20 pm

DUNEDIN
Mon 3 Apr 8:30 pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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