The Man Who Wasn't There


In this moody period drama, the focus of attention is on a humble barber. He suspects his wife is having an affair, and when he suddenly needs cash for a business opportunity, the idea of blackmail pops up. However, one thing leads to another, and soon he has a murder to sort out. From then on, the plot takes unexpected turns as poetic justice is dished out to all the unethical characters in the story. Note that the film is in black and white.


115 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Violence) .
Crime, Drama, On the Art Circuit

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Credits

Cast
Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, James Gandolfini, Michael Badalucco, Katherine Borowitz, Jon Polito
Director
Joel Coen
ScreenplayJoel Coen, Ethan Coen
MusicCarter Burwell, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
SA distributor Ster-Kinekor
Made in2001
Produced byWorking Title Films

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

The Moviesite
Ian Douglas
13
Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
10
The Cape Times
Gordon Glynn Jones
20
The Star
Janine Walker
14
Die Burger
Gabriël Botma
15
Tygerburger
Mariana Malan
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
Rapport
Barrie Hough
12
SL
Nathan Zeno
20
M-Net Cinemagic
Barry Ronge
16
SAfm Screen & Co
Alan Swerdlow
18
eye Weekly
Adam Nayman
20
Box Office
Lael Loewenstein
10
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
15
Total Film
Jamie Graham
15
Film Review
Jason Caro
15

What the People say

Internet
2776 Netizens
16

Average .. 76%

15

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: During and after this film, I was wondering what score I would give, and what I would say. I found the black-and-white cinematography appropriate and at times stunning and moody. The storyline avoids all clichés and continually surprises. However it somehow never reaches any great dramatic or emotional heights, at least for me. I think it is worth seeing, especially for art movie lovers.






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