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Louise-Michel (2008)

What to do when the workers of a factory have been laid off overnight? Louise has an original idea: why not pool the compensation money to ... hire a hit man and to liquidate the boss? ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Louise Ferrand
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Michel Pinchon
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Guy l'ingénieur
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Miro
Joseph Dahan ...
L'employé des pompes funèbres
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Le propriétaire de la ferme
Agnès Aubé ...
La veuve
Kafka ...
Flambart, le sous-directeur (as Francis Kuntz)
Hervé Desinge ...
Le directeur de l'usine en Picardie
Fabienne Berne ...
La secrétaire
Terence Debarle ...
Terence
Yannick Jaulin ...
L'employé de banque
Jacqueline Knuysen ...
Jackie
Sylvie Van Hiel ...
Sylvie, la déléguée syndicale
Pierrette Broodthaers ...
Pierrette
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What to do when the workers of a factory have been laid off overnight? Louise has an original idea: why not pool the compensation money to ... hire a hit man and to liquidate the boss? Motion accepted so Louise goes in search of the gem they need and unfortunately comes across Michel, a stinky security specialist. Michel, who is busted, gladly accepts the deal but proves so inept that he sub-contracts the job to improbable novices. Moreover, as the factory was a mere branch of a multinational company, it is no bed of roses to find the one who actually made the decision to outsource its activities. But Louise will not give up so easily. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Workers Unite... but in a peculiar way!

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24 December 2008 (France)  »

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Louise Hires a Contract Killer  »

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Trivia

The title, 'Louise-Michel', is a reference to Louise Michel (1830-1905), an important figure in the Paris Commune of 1871. She was known as an anarchist, a school teacher and a medical worker. At the end of the film, a picture of her is shown and there is a quote from her. "Maintenant que nous savons Que les riches sont des larrons, Si notre père, notre mère N'en peuvent purger la terre Nous, quand nous aurons grandi, Nous en ferons du hachis."

"Now that we all know The rich are thieves If our parents Cannot drive them from the earth When we grow up We'll make mincemeat of them." See more »

Goofs

Jersey only has a small police force and lacks an armed response unit (like that depicted in the film). The arrival of armed police on Jersey would take at least two hours allowing for communication, preparation and travel time, more than enough time for Louise and Michel to escape. See more »

Crazy Credits

SPOILER: After the credits, there is another scene where the workers discover that the real boss lives in Florida. They look for another assassin. See more »

Connections

References RoboCop (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Je suis sentimental
Lyrics and Music by Paul Chamussy
Performed by Christophe Salengro
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Dark and twisted comedy - as it should be
29 March 2010 | by (Maastricht, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Louise has been working for a factory for many years. When the factory packs up overnight she and her former coworkers formulate a plan to spend the small amount of compensation money in a somewhat less than legal way - they want to hire a hit-man to finish off the boss.

Set in a typical dark and dreary high-unemployment village this beginning of a story is a solid base for a very twisted comedy. It sets off at a good speed and keeps rolling forward and when it finally ends it does so with a fitting ending. Granted, some bits are high on clichés, but it gets away with that because some other bits are so good they count as counterweights for that.

The choice of actors is great - especially the female lead character. She plays her character so well it almost comes across as a natural second skin. The male lead is great too and their combination works wonders, they just fit really well.

9 out of 10 oh-no-you-did-not-do-that moments


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