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The Ax (2005)

Le couperet (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 2 March 2005 (France)
A chemist (Garcia) loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition.

Director:

Costa-Gavras

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Donald E. Westlake (novel), Costa-Gavras (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Garcia ... Bruno Davert
Karin Viard ... Marlène Davert
Geordy Monfils Geordy Monfils ... Maxime Davert
Christa Théret ... Betty Davert
Ulrich Tukur ... Gérard Hutchinson
Olivier Gourmet ... Raymond Machefer
Yvon Back ... Etienne Barnet
Thierry Hancisse ... Inspecteur Kesler
Olga Grumberg Olga Grumberg ... Iris Thompson
Yolande Moreau ... Préposée poste
Dieudonné Kabongo Dieudonné Kabongo ... Quinlan Longus (as Dieudonné Kabongo Bashila)
Jean-Pierre Gos ... Garagiste
Vanessa Larré Vanessa Larré ... Prédatrice
Serge Larivière ... Inspecteur Police
Jeanne Savary Jeanne Savary ... La présentatrice TV
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Storyline

Bruno Davert, a chemist working for a paper company, is fired. After three years he's still unemployed, too much competition for the few job position he could fit in his sector. He sent tons of resumes, he attended many qualifying courses, he tried everything but there is nothing to do: no job for him in the industry. The only healthy company in the sector is "Arcadia", but joining it is just an impossible dream. At this point Bruno is desperate. What he could do: to kill all the competitors? Could he? Written by 1felco

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Some people would die to get (him) this job. [Scandinavian DVD.]


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Country:

Belgium | France | Spain

Language:

French | Dutch

Release Date:

2 March 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,428,352 (France), 4 March 2005
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Visa d'exploitation en France: #110116 See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, when Davert (Garcia) gets out of the shower and then immediately returns to the bathroom to vomit, you can see in the mirror that he is wearing an underwear. See more »

Quotes

Gérard Hutchinson: Vous savez, au bout de cinq ans de chômage on est devenu... non, comment on dit en français?
Bruno Davert: Has-been.
Gérard Hutchinson: Ah oui, voilà, has-been.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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A Brilliant Satire of the Corporate Greed
21 April 2005 | by kounevaSee all my reviews

Loved it! Loved it! A terrific satire of the modern corporate downsizing which destroys a man's pride and then everything else. Better yet, this social satire is packaged as an absurd black comedy - serial killer story. A picture of the world we're living in. Don't take the killings too seriously. Obviously, they are a metaphor for the desperation of the man. It's a little bit like "Shock to the System" but I liked this one better. Whether you laugh at this movie today or not, tomorrow this will be the reality for most all of us when only endless service jobs will have remained. Or, flipping burgers. I highly recommend this socially conscious movie, as I applaud its director for the courage to make it. Bravo!


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