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The Ax (2005)
"Le couperet" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  2 March 2005 (France)
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A chemist (Garcia) loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition.

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Maxime Davert
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Raymond Machefer
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Etienne Barnet
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Inspecteur Kesler
Olga Grumberg ...
Iris Thompson
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Dieudonné Kabongo ...
Quinlan Longus (as Dieudonné Kabongo Bashila)
Jean-Pierre Gos ...
Garagiste
Vanessa Larré ...
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Serge Larivière ...
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Jeanne Savary ...
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Bruno Davert, a chemist working for a paper company, is fired. After three years he's still unemployed, too much competition for the few job position he could fit in his sector. He sent tons of resumes, he attended many qualifying courses, he tried everything but there is nothing to do: no job for him in the industry. The only healthy company in the sector is "Arcadia", but joining it is just an impossible dream. At this point Bruno is desperate. What he could do: to kill all the competitors? Could he? Written by 1felco

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Some people would die to get (him) this job. [Scandinavian DVD.]


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$13,795 (Chile) (30 June 2006)

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Gérard Hutchinson: Vous savez, au bout de cinq ans de chômage on est devenu... non, comment on dit en français?
Bruno Davert: Has-been.
Gérard Hutchinson: Ah oui, voilà, has-been.
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Le Couperet can be classified as one of Costa Gavras' minor film.
3 August 2013 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

There is no doubt that Costa Gavras is a major film director with tremendous global appeal. One would find it impossible to find a serious cinéphile who does not remember not having seen classics shot by him namely 'Z', 'L'Aveu', 'Etat De Siège' etc. He has made films both for Hollywood and European film industries. However, despite all these remarkable distinctions, Le Couperet is a major disappoint for Costa Gavras. It is for this reason that it should be considered a minor work in his filmography. Le Couperet has two major flaws which have led to its downfall. Firstly, from a 'philosophical' point of view, "Le Couperet" is 'ethically' wrong as in no terms can killing be justified even if it is carried out by somebody who follows a utilitarian perspective. This is one good reason why irrational killings by the film's unemployed protagonist Bruno Davert-a role played by José Garcia, do not have an air of justness as if such reckless killing methods are adopted then there are ample chances that every second unemployed person would like to kill the ones who have jobs. Le Couperet is also weak from a cinematographic perspective as it grossly lacks a strong script which can retain viewers' attention at all times. There are too many 'easy to guess' clues in the film's script for which Costa Gavras collaborated with Jean Claude Grumberg. This is one reason why it is easy for a viewer to state with confidence what is going to take place in the next scene. A good thing about "Le Couperet" is that lead actor Jose Garcia's presence is the film's sole saving grace.For an actor of his stature who has left an impressive mark on numerous comedy films, it is surprising to know that he has convincingly conveyed the gruesomeness of a mad murderer who bumps off innocent people with remarkable ease.


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