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By all accounts, a movie dealing with assisted suicide has no business being as funny as Kill Me Please. Somehow, director Olias Barco has crafted a side-splitting exploration of people wanting to end their own life. Black and white, Belgian, and yet it defies all expectations to be instantly accessible and shockingly hilarious. At a large facility in the forest, Doctor Krueger (Aurélien Recoing) helps people at the end of their rope. His main goal is to stop them from drinking the poison he applies with dignity, but he isn’t always successful. As a new group of paying customers moves into the building, and the nearby townsfolk plan to carry torches against the place, the good doctor struggles to keep the people who want to die from being killed. Irony and inconsistency abounds which makes the story richer and more of a challenge for the writers (as if making suicide funny were easy enough). It’s »
- Cole Abaius
Tackling a controversial subject can act as both a crutch for some filmmakers who are attempting to formulate a story based on shock only, or it can be a launching off pad for an interesting discussion. Thankfully, Olias Barco approaches the subject of euthanasia in Kill Me Please in a thoughtful manner while also diverging (pretty regularly) down a dark black comedic road. The result is both heartbreaking and hilarious, profound and preposterous, and stands as my favorite film of Fantastic Fest 2011 thus far.
Dr. Krueger runs the perfect institute for you to “enjoy” your final moments. Although protestors are a regular problem outside the facility, inside you will find a peaceful environment where the doctor and his staff work patiently with you to discuss whether or not you are truly ready to die. While Dr. Krueger doesn’t fully discourage the patients from drinking the deadly concoction that ends your life, »
- Michael Haffner
(Review by Justin Decloux)Black humor is a tricky proposition to pull off correctly. It demands the audience to wallow in the misery of others. Not only that, but it expects them to find the suffering to be funny. Can you muster a smile at the ridiculous reason that someone would want to violently kill themselves (and will)? Doctor Krueger (Aurélien Recoing) doesn't want his patients to kill themselves. Sure, he runs a suicide clinic, but his real goal in life is to talk his patients Out of checking themselves into the great beyond...but in ten years...he hasn't succeeded once. And until one of them sees the value in life, he'll continue to give them their poison and allow them to drift painless away for the last time. »
Directed by Olias Barco
France / Belgium, 2010
Other than abortion, no issue provokes as much passionate debate as euthanasia. Of all possible liberties, the “right to die,” as a base concept, stokes personal insecurities and misgivings in a way that can be difficult to quantify. That makes the subject an ideal one for a black comedy, and – at least for its first hour – Kill Me Please seems to offer a take on the subject that is equal parts lampoon and earnest inquiry. That co-writer/directer Olias Barco opts for a broader form of resolution is disappointing, but doesn’t completely rob the movie of its peculiar lyricism.
Aurélien Recoing stars as Dr. Kruger, a calm, reassuring figure who operates a high-end assisted-suicide clinic (palace, really) wherein the wealthy can be given an ideal termination experience – for a considerable fee. »
- Simon Howell
In this film, she stars as a Montrealer named Sophie Malaterre. She decides to go live in Paris. In order to do so, she exchanges on a web site her apartment with someone else. However, once in Paris, the police tells her that a corpse has been found in Sophie's new apartment in Paris.
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5 items from 2011
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