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Maurice Pialat and the New French Realism

Don’t Forget You’re Going to Die

N’oublie pas que tu vas mourir

Xavier Beauvois works behind and in front of the camera with his account of a man tumbling headfirst into a world of chaos.

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France 1995
Dir Xavier Beauvois
With Xavier Beauvois, Chiara Mastroianni, Roschdy Zem, Bulle Ogier
English subtitles
Score by John Cale

Xavier Beauvois wrote, directed and starred in this confrontational account of the long day’s journey into night taken by Benoit (Beauvois), a Parisian student who after discovering he is HIV positive, tumbles headfirst into a world of drugs and reckless experiences alongside Omar (a brilliant young Zem). Things look up when he meets Claudia (Mastroianni), but fate may already have played its hand.


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