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

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geordy Monfils ...
Maxime Davert
Raymond Machefer
Etienne Barnet
Inspecteur Kesler
Olga Grumberg ...
Iris Thompson
Préposée poste
Dieudonné Kabongo ...
Quinlan Longus (as Dieudonné Kabongo Bashila)
Jean-Pierre Gos ...
Vanessa Larré ...
Serge Larivière ...
Inspecteur Police
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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Release Date:

2 March 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Ax  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,428,352 (France) (4 March 2005)


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

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1.85 : 1
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Ads on billboards in background were created by the director's friend photographer Oliviero Toscani. See more »


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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References Taking Lives (2004) See more »

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THE movie to summarize this years
13 March 2005 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Bruno DAVERT (Jose Garcia) is locked-out for economic reasons. To find a new job, his method is simple : kill the other candidates. His behaviour changes, and his wife Marlène(Karin Viard) feels Bruno moving away from the family, from herself and from the true life.

Costa-Gavras shows as the unemployment can make a man crazy.

A perfect look on the stupidity of our society when a man is only the money he can earn. Costa-Gavras show us the vacuum we are running to, destroying everything to obtain what ?

Probably the best political movie of the ten last years. Garcia is excellent, probably because he does not know he his good. K. Viard change her usual energy in distress, her performance is excellent. Everybody is good.

Run to this movie. It shows you your future

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