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"Simon Killer" marks the second feature by Antonio Campos, who previously wrote and directed the Cannes Un Certain Regard selection "Afterschool" (2008).  "Simon Killer" is an icy exercise in troubled masculinity, and a bold pronouncement of cinematic style that's as strong an American indie as any in recent memory. (See IFC's Kubrickian poster below.) After "Simon Killer' debuted against rapturous reviews of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" at Sundance, IFC Films held back the Campos film until the fall, where it's being reintroduced in advance of its April day-and-date opening. "Simon Killer" marks a very different post-grad coming-of-age story about wanderlust and malaise than we usually see at the movies. Gone here is the fashionable existential crises of the twentysomething; in its wake is the existential nausea of someone like Henry Miller. Like some midcentury outlaw poet, Simon (Brady Corbet) arrives in Paris after the end of a long-term relationship. »

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