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Roberto Succo (2001)

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In the 80's Roberto Succo an Italian serial killer met a young girl in France. He's running away from his country because he killed his parents during an argument and the "carabinieri" are chasing him.

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Swiss teacher
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Leyla Sassi ...
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Basile Vuillemin ...
L'enfant
Brigitte Raul ...
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Marius Bertram ...
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Aymeric Chauffert ...
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Vincent Dénériaz ...
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'Kurt' claims to be a sales rep. He also claims to be English in spite of his heavy Italian accent. Kurt is an habitual liar and a dangerous driver, at the very least. In the south of France he meets Léa, age 16. Between his increasingly strange dates with Léa, Kurt engages in a number of armed robberies, some successful, some not... The police are perplexed by a series of crimes including disappearances and a murder. They conclude that they are dealing with a madman... After he proposes, Léa breaks up with Kurt. The attempt to find a new girlfriend leads to a shooting by Kurt, now calling himself André. Léa's information identifies Kurt/André as Roberto Succo, psychiatric patient and parental murderer. The police hunt for Roberto covers three countries. Written by David Carless

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During the police pursuit in Switzerland, Succo exhibits some Swiss banknotes. However, this banknote serie has been progressively put in circulation in the mid 90's, a few years after Succo's death. See more »

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27 July 2001 | by (Luxembourg) – See all my reviews

This film is stunning but really.

Everything is great; cast's performances, cinematography, plot, score and soundtrack, editing, and of course directing. All this makes you gaze at the empty screen after the movie's over for some minutes and think 'wow!'.

Maybe the film might be a bit too violent for some people. The violence in this motion picture is actually quite interesting. On the one hand there is graphic violence, gore; on the other hand the violence is underneath. It is how easily and spontaneously Succo kills that really shocks, more than the blood. And the fact that Roberto Succo really lived should really frighten.

The director Cédric Kahn in fact tried to show as less blood as possible, but still wanted the audience to be shocked. To do this he stays objective, he never tries to condemn Succo's acts or even to explain them. No, he just shows them. This gets even more ambiguous with Succo's love affair. Through this romance he seems to be quite a nice guy, strange but nice. So, on the one hand he is a really bad killer, and on the other hand he is a usual man in love. And this really killed me, I loved that effect. You don't really hate this guy, Succo, but you don't really love him neither. Kahn pushes this effect even further. The whole movie is structured that way. There are funny parts or love scenes and there are violent parts. So you can't just put this film in some category. The film is ambiguous in itself.

Then the cinematography. That is really great, especially in a scene where Succo climbs up on the prison's roof to kill himself (but the building isn't high enough he complains, actually this is one of the funny scenes). Most of the shots look like paintings. Really great job the director of photography did here.

The cast is great. Stefano Casseti had never acted before! He was discovered in a café by a friend of the casting director. But his performance is stunning! He has such great eyes, really scary, but also sad.... Islid Le Besco is perfect as usually and Patrick Dell'Isola should be mentioned also for his great acting.

So, I could go on and on that way, but just get that movie watched guys, it really is worth to be seen and you sure won't regret.


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