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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 »


Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern (as Gustave de Kervern)


Benoît Delépine (screenplay), Gustave Kervern (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yolande Moreau ... Louise Ferrand
Bouli Lanners ... Michel Pinchon
Benoît Poelvoorde ... Guy l'ingénieur
Albert Dupontel ... Miro
Joseph Dahan Joseph Dahan ... L'employé des pompes funèbres
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Le propriétaire de la ferme
Agnès Aubé Agnès Aubé ... La veuve
Kafka Kafka ... Flambart, le sous-directeur (as Francis Kuntz)
Hervé Desinge Hervé Desinge ... Le directeur de l'usine en Picardie
Fabienne Berne Fabienne Berne ... La secrétaire
Terence Debarle Terence Debarle ... Terence
Yannick Jaulin Yannick Jaulin ... L'employé de banque
Jacqueline Knuysen Jacqueline Knuysen ... Jackie
Sylvie Van Hiel Sylvie Van Hiel ... Sylvie, la déléguée syndicale
Pierrette Broodthaers Pierrette Broodthaers ... Pierrette


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 »


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 »

Crazy Credits

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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A top-class, can't miss, refreshing movie
17 August 2009 | by sylvainallardSee all my reviews

Of course, this movie is not for the masses and most situations are often completely politically- incorrect. At the end of the day it's a dark comedy, a critic of the society, and a little marvel in terms of cinematographic quality.

First the soundtrack is very good. Second the characters are socially off-track, abnormal, and as the movie progresses more and more mystery arise around their past. Both main characters are well played and offer, at moments, hilarious performance. The theater that I saw this in Montreal was often filled with laughs.

A sadistic, cynical tale around hope in lower classes of society and fantasy to reach happiness in this world.

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Release Date:

24 December 2008 (France) See more »

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Louise Hires a Contract Killer See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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