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Simon Killer -- A recent American college graduate traveling through Paris embarks on an intense relationship with a young prostitute in this dark and sexy thriller.
Simon Killer -- A recent college graduate flees to Paris after a break-up, where his involvement with a prostitute begins to reveal a potentially dark recent past.

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Antonio Campos (written by)
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Release Date:
12 April 2013 (UK) See more »
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A recent college graduate flees to Paris after a break-up, where his involvement with a prostitute begins to reveal a potentially dark recent past. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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There's almost nothing in the box See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Brady Corbet ... Simon
Nicolas Ronchi ... Carlo

Constance Rousseau ... Marianne

Lila Salet ... Sophie
Etienne Rotha Moeng ... Cambodian Man
Yannis Calonnec ... Street Hustler
Mati Diop ... Victoria / Noura
Shaina ... Madame
Oksana ... Hostess Bar Worker
Anais ... Hostess Bar Worker
Catie ... Hostess Bar Worker
Frederic Jolie ... Customer

Alexandra Neil ... Simon's Mom
Samir Hartouf ... Gare du Nord Kid
Djibril Othmane ... Gare du Nord Kid
Sofiane Salehi ... Gare du Nord Kid

Michaël Abiteboul ... Jean
Solo ... René
Pakels Koleda ... Drunk at Cafe
Johan Jacques-Andre Coquin ... Brothel Runner
Marc Gaviard ... Customs Officer

Directed by
Antonio Campos 
 
Writing credits
Antonio Campos (written by)

Antonio Campos (story) &
Brady Corbet (story) &
Mati Diop (story)

Produced by
Sean Durkin .... producer (as T. Sean Durkin)
Marie-Louise Khondji .... associate producer
Florence Lobet .... associate producer
Josh Mond .... producer
Alexander Norton .... associate producer
Matt Palmieri .... producer
Melody C. Roscher .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Danny Bensi  (as Daniel Bensi)
Saunder Jurriaans 
 
Cinematography by
Joe Anderson 
 
Film Editing by
Babak Jalali 
Zachary Stuart-Pontier 
 
Casting by
Nicolas Ronchi 
Susan Shopmaker 
 
Production Design by
Nicolas de Boiscuillé 
 
Costume Design by
Laetitia Bouix 
 
Production Management
Susan Lazarus .... post-production supervisor
Thomas Paturel .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tomas Deckaj .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Benoît Herlin .... property master
 
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... re-recording mixer: supervising sound editor
Micah Bloomberg .... sound
Matt Snedecor .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loïc Andrieu .... steadicam operator
Benoît Meignan .... first assistant camera
Etienne Fu-le Saulnier .... second assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Victoria Anderson .... final cut pro technician
Sam Daley .... colorist
J.D. Funari .... trailer editor
Gordon Holmes .... first assistant editor
Richie Roefaro .... final cut pro technician
Kevin Vale .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Josh Kessler .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Julie Mura .... production assistant
Angélique Nya .... production assistant
Koji Rodrigues .... key production assistant
Ian M. Stratford .... financial counsel
 
Thanks
Andrew Renzi .... special thanks
Emily Wiedemann .... thanks
 

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • IFC Films (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Film1 (2014) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
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101 min
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4 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
There's almost nothing in the box, 26 September 2013
Author: Rodrigo Amaro (rodrigo882008@hotmail.com) from São Paulo, Brazil

After leaving his girlfriend behind in America, recent graduated student Simon (Brady Corbet) travels to France in order to chill out and do nothing, and try to meet other people avoiding being alone the best way he can, usually enjoying female companies. First he meets a prostitute (Mati Diop), of whom they get to know a little better and he starts to help her with some problems; later on he gets the attention of another girl and her friend. With all those connections we get the final image that he's always up to make schemes, taking advantage of everyone he meets and trying to make everything favorable to himself. The problem with this Tom Ripley kind of character is that he is unsympathetic to the audience to the point where you really want to punch him instead of understanding his "pain".

The movie? Self indulgence at its best. And worst: part of the audience buys it very easily. There's no greater message, no big and interesting portrayal of how sociopaths act and it's not even a good movie. It threats to be but it never quite reaches the limited potential it has. This time director Antonio Campos imitates "Last Tango in Paris" by using minimal dialog, going from nowhere to nowhere, filled of empty and boring sequences in between with characters we can't find anything worth relating or understanding. And just like Bertolucci's classic there's the sex. The way it was portrayed and filmed, well, those were remarkable, I give you that. Really playful and exciting.

The only thing that impressed me about "Simon Killer" was Brady Corbet, once again involved in a project that proves some provoking challenges for an actor to play with and he's bold enough when the movie is not stranded in its catatonic state. Corbet is in "Mysterious Skin", "Melancholia" and the remake of "Funny Games", so with that list in mind you already know he's up to something really dark or controversial, great materials. Even though writing the story here, and probably creating the best moments for himself (oh yeah those sex scenes and that includes one truly daring moment - best scene, very original but I warn you beforehand that it can be problematic to close minded folks), he's up to no good. This doesn't generate enough interest as a cinematic experience.

And once again, Mr. Campos employed poor technique methods of cinematography and editing to convey its story the way it must be seen - the voyeuristic look of someone who spies someone at a distance and behind a person's back. It should help the movie but it's artistically dull and empty. The photography was better used in here than it was in "Afterschool", this time providing good looking shots of a Paris a little emptier than usual which reflects the main character's unbearable loneliness. He captured a good atmosphere of the place combined with the character souls - dark and cold but always trying to be colorful, close and animated, danger closer than everyone thinks, and in every corner. But he still doesn't know how to edit a movie, doesn't know how to take advantage of cuts instead of just using static images. Inaudible or whispered dialogs tortures us from time to time. And has this guy never heard of captions? To leave Simon lost without understanding what people are saying to him in this foreign country is acceptable but Mr. Campos leaves us as well in the dark and for long periods every time there's a conversation in French. There's talent in there, the problem is that he doesn't know how to use it rightly. He desperately needs to know how to write a story without creating too much artificial things, make it more human instead of transparent experiences.

Spare me from saying that it was an enigmatic or philosophical experience. Rubbish. Campos almost fooled me with "Afterschool" (a good film, not great), but he's not fooling me with this. Tedious and shallow but with two or three good things. 5/10

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