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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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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 & 3 nominations See more »
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A disturbing and uncomfortable film that is difficult to like 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
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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 
 
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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44 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
A disturbing and uncomfortable film that is difficult to like, 19 October 2012
Author: Roger Pettit from London

"Simon Killer" is an odd, bleak and deeply unsettling film that I simply could not get to grips with. It tells the story of a young American neuroscience graduate, Simon (Brady Corbet). Simon leaves the United States and goes to Paris in an attempt to get over the somewhat traumatic break-up of a five-year relationship with his girlfriend Michelle (a character who does not appear in the film). There is something not quite right about Simon. He is a bit like Patricia Highsmith's well-known anti-hero Tom Ripley: cold, unfeeling, amoral and emotionally unintelligent. He is also a compulsive liar.

Soon after his arrival in the French capital (where he initially stays with a cousin of his - who is, in fact, not really a relation but a friend of the family), Simon goes into a sex club where he pays for sex with one of the resident prostitutes, Victoria (Mati Diop). As a result of that encounter, he develops a relationship with her and later moves into her small flat. Victoria opens up to Simon and tells him intimate details of her past, including the fact that she miscarried some time ago. Simon is less willing to disclose information about himself to Victoria. Indeed, one of the many problems with the film is that the viewer is given little or no hint as to what actually motivates Simon and why he frequently behaves so oddly. Part of that oddness is his attitude to women, whom he seems to view as nothing more than objects of sexual desire. At the same time, he attempts to blackmail some of Victoria's "customers" in order to finance his stay in Paris. He later meets another attractive young woman, whom he had bumped into earlier in his stay, and begins a brief relationship with her. This understandably upsets Victoria. Things move on from there.

"Simon Killer" is a very unpleasant film. It is full of graphic sex scenes, many of which are quite unnecessary in that they add little or nothing to plot or character development. In addition, Simon is a deeply unsympathetic character. It is left to the viewer to decide why he is like he is. There are hints that he has some sort of Oedipus complex or perhaps a personality disorder (or both). What is clear is that he is an extremely selfish and shallow person who lacks any sort of empathy for other people. Much of the plot has the feel of improvisation about it. And it's really not at all clear what the message of the film is. In addition to all that, I was simply not convinced by the relationship between Simon and Victoria, in particular why, of all her many "customers", she would choose him as someone with whom to have a serious relationship. Although the conclusion of the film is well done, much of what precedes it is ponderous and lethargic and, as a result, extremely boring. The soundtrack, however, is one of the best of any film that I have seen. But when all is said and done, "Simon Killer" is an unsatisfactory film that is difficult to recommend. 5/10

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