Carne (film)

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Directed by Gaspar Noé
Written by Gaspar Noé
Starring Philippe Nahon
Blandine Lenoir
Cinematography Dominique Colin
Edited by Lucile Hadžihalilović
Les Cinémas de la Zone
Distributed by Action Gitanes
Release date
Running time
40 minutes
Country France
Language French

Carne is a 1991 French drama film written and directed by Gaspar Noé, starring Philippe Nahon and Blandine Lenoir. It tells the story of a horse butcher with a mute daughter. At a running time of 40 minutes, it was the first longer film directed by Noé. The narrative was continued in Noé's 1998 full-length debut, I Stand Alone.


A nameless horse butcher, whose wife left him soon after their mute daughter was born, operates his own business while trying to raise the daughter. Despite the fact that she has become a teenager, the butcher continues to wash her like a baby, and struggles to resist the temptation of committing incest. On the day of the daughter's menstruation, the butcher misinterprets the situation and assumes that she has been raped by a worker, whom he immediately seeks out and stabs as revenge. The butcher is imprisoned for the assault and is forced to sell his butcher shop and apartment.


  • Philippe Nahon as the butcher
  • Blandine Lenoir as the butcher's daughter
  • Frankye Pain as the butcher's mistress
  • Hélène Testud as maid


The film was produced through Gaspar Noé and his girlfriend Lucile Hadžihalilović's company Les Cinémas de la Zone. It was shot in 16 mm CinemaScope which was blown up to 35 mm.[1]


The film premiered in the short film section of the 1991 International Critics' Week in Cannes.[2] It won the top prize in its section, as well as the Georges Sadoul Prize and the Prix Très Special.[1] Carne was eventually given a theatrical release in France and started a trend of theatrical distribution for films with similar length.[1]


In the fourth episode of the second season of the TV show The Wire, Johnny Weeks tells to Bubbles the beginning of the movie Carne.


  1. ^ a b c Nesselson, Lisa (1999-01-20). "Gaspar Noe". Variety. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 
  2. ^ "30th selection of La Semaine de la critique - 1991". International Critics' Week. Retrieved 2011-06-22. 

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