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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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Director:
Writers:
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 & 3 nominations See more »
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Masterly and All Too Rare: An Utterly Realistic Portrayal of a Sociopath. 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 
 
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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Runtime:
101 min
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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Masterly and All Too Rare: An Utterly Realistic Portrayal of a Sociopath., 1 September 2013
Author: supadude2004 from Bangkok, Thailand

Within its first 5 minutes I could already sense that I was about to watch a masterful movie. For this is a most brilliant study of, and glimpse into, the life of a sociopath. At times, it is so 'fly on the wall', and so brilliantly acted, that I almost had to remind myself that this was fiction I was witnessing.

It's written and directed by Antonio Campos, who is admittedly not so well known as a screenwriter, having written only one other feature length movie back in 2008; A fact which is moreover, and to my belief, a tragedy for Campos - because he has most certainly proved himself with this movie, to be an exceptional screenwriter. Simon Killer is, in other words, extremely underrated. Nonetheless, as for its direction, production, acting, screenplay and musical score - all come together in an all too rare, & near perfect, unison.

But why is it underrated? Basically, people cannot and just won't 'like' this movie, precisely because sociopaths are nasty people who callously make the lives of everyone they contact, worse for knowing them. Accordingly, watching a movie about such a person, even one that is as interesting and accurate as Simon Killer, is not therefore a fun or enjoyable experience for any typical audience - at least in the sense that 'enjoyable' should bring a smile onto one's face. For this movie won't endear smiles at any point.

Whereas DeNero's studied psychopath, in Taxi Driver, occasionally brought a wry smile to one's face, and was popularly received as a bit of a misunderstood 'anti-hero', Brady Corbet's Simon is not only always engaging as a character study, but he's always, also, all too steely manipulating, and disgustingly self absorbed. Frankly, of the many movies I've seen, I can think of no other movie, before this, which so realistically portrays how a sociopath engages with other people who pass through his life. And, as such, I cannot recommend this movie highly enough, particularly for those of you, who are analytically minded enough, so as to appreciate its utter brilliance. Again, I'm not promising that anyone will, or could possibly 'like' this movie. Rather, I believe a minority of others will deeply appreciate its very excellence.

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