Humanité (2000)

Pharaon de Winter is a police lieutenant whose achilles' heel is his empathy -- which makes work on a sordid murder investigation an excruciating exploration of universal guilt and the monstrous underbelly of human nature.

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Release Date: June 14, 2000
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2001
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Entertainment Weekly

Ought to be seen, because it's a work of moral and spiritual mystery as stubbornly challenging as Gone in 60 Seconds is morally anesthetizing.

Full review…
Henry Cabot Beck

Audiences willing to wade knee deep in the muck and mire of the human abyss are advised to seek out Humanité at the local arthouse.

Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

It's loaded with pretension, and it comes dangerously close to being little more than an exasperating stunt--and in the end that's what's so great about it.

Full review…
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Bruno Dumont's L'Humanite has the outer form of a police movie, but much more inside.

Full review…
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Feels like an overly deliberate meta-Bressonian prank.

Full review…
E! Online

Though nicely photographed with an able cast, L'Humanité never clearly solves the case of Schotté's sexual repression or lost relationships, and it inches along, eventually slowing the value of its stark visuals to a sleepy halt.

Full review…
Stephen Holden
New York Times

You probably won't feel comfortable when Humanité is over, but as you leave the theater you will feel more alive than when you entered.

Full review…
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

When viewed as an unusual film with not the usual things to say about its main character, it starts to look a lot better.

Full review…
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

I'm not sure what to make of this disturbingly ordinary film, which has suffering as its ultimate subject.

Full review…
More reviews for Humanité

Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
I was shockingly surprised when I found that the pace of this award winning movie was far more killing than its content. To say that it's the slowest movie… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Humanite" starts out in a small French village where everybody knows everybody else. An eleven year old girl has been brutally… More