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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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Louise Ferrand
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Michel Pinchon
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Guy l'ingénieur
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Miro
Joseph Dahan ...
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Le propriétaire de la ferme
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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 ...
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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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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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References RoboCop (1987) See more »

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Métabolisme explosif en milieu terrestre
Performed by Palo Alto
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pure nonsense
8 September 2009 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

"Louise-Michel" is an independent French black comedy, where being "alternative" becomes something for its own sake, and at the end we can't make out where the point is. The first part shows a sarcastic, sometimes alienating, mix of contrasting situations and moods, arousing contrasting feelings, from fun to sadness: if we think of the contrast between the dying cousin and really funny scene with the dog, we fell disoriented. The overall tone may appear too sardonic, lacking sensitivity, but I thought it was something searched for in order to avoid too melodramatic and attitude, when portraying the mutability of human life, with its sudden turns from joy to sadness. But as the story progresses, the movie goes deeper and deeper into the purest nonsense and it is almost impossible to find a meaning, except the total absence of meaning in human life. The scene where Louise and Michel dance drunk after having killed some people reminded me of the two protagonists of "Waiting for Godot", the most representative piece of drama of the theatre of the absurd by T. Beckett, where two tramps treat themselves violently and dance in a complete world of pure nonsense, where absurdity prevails. Used as I am to make out some sense in everything I experience and also in every movie I see, I think this movie prevents me from doing this, being the denial of any sense at the core of its intention. I don't know if the final scene may have been devised as a kind of redemption from all the evil we have seen, but I did not perceive it as such, being moreover mixed up with some pointless gender confusion. Rather ridiculous.


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