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Le Couperet

Director: Costa-Gavras

France. 2005. 122mins


This is a mercilessly entertaining comedy from director Costa-Gavras, based on a novel by American author Donald E. Westlake. When we first meet the middle-aged Bruno, he appears to be a not-so-polished international assassin, but as he confesses his life’s story we realize that murder is merely a stepping stone to a less (or more) ruthless dream: to rejoin corporate life. Having been made redundant from his job in the papermaking industry, Bruno is unemployed, bitter and humiliated for over two years until he decides to adapt capitalism’s market forces to the labor market; in other words, to eliminate all competition, by any means necessary. When a prime job at a paper factory opens up, Bruno gathers the names of potential candidates and starts ‘downsizing.’ Still a loving father and good husband, Bruno juggles dinner with his kids, couples counselling with his lovely wife and body disposals.

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