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? ...
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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
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 »
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 »
'Eat the Rich' in French - tough, funny, weird, a bit too much
Just how strange are Belgians? For some reason, this country's film makers are unmatched in creating extremely weird or dysfunctional character pieces like 'Aaltra' (same director as this one), 'Ex-Drummer', 'L'Iceberg' or 'Man bites Dog'. If you liked those, you'll love this.
'Louise-Michel' is a cheap-looking movie which is drifting away from its subject matter in an entertaining, if confusing way. The story is quite straightforward: ex-convict overweight lady with a surprise hires hapless wannabe security guard to off her boss after her company is shut down. The problem: the boss isn't really the boss, and pretty hard to identify...
Nobody here is much of a hero or sympathetic, but the basic idea is just plain wonderful: sticking the blame for economic misery is pretty hard when the economy is global. Naming the two main characters after French anarchist Louise Michel (as evident by a quote of hers in the end) is another funny little idea. The problem - if it is one - may be that there are so many quirky little details in this film that the story becomes obscure. You'll find crematory humor (maybe a film first), 9/11 conspiracy theory, gender confusion, a short painful pun on illegal immigration, abuse of terminally ill people with a final twist, but also absolutely divine moments like the difficulty of shooting a dog, how to use a briefcase as a hare-trap, or locating a company that only exists as a letter box.
All in all a nice little film which could have used a bit of trimming, but certainly good for a bag of sarcastic laughs.
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