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Requiem pour une tueuse (2011)

Lucrèce, the best killer in the business, accepts a final job: eliminate an opera singer who threatens the interests of a corporation. She's hired as a contralto for a festival her target is singing in, but things don't happen as planned.

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Jérôme Le Gris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mélanie Laurent ... Lucrèce
Clovis Cornillac ... Rico
Tchéky Karyo ... l'Arménien
Xavier Gallais Xavier Gallais ... Xavier de Ferrières
Christopher Stills Christopher Stills ... Alexander Child
Corrado Invernizzi ... Vittorio Biamonte
Michel Fau ... Le chef d'orchestre
Frédérique Tirmont Frédérique Tirmont ... La colonel
Johan Leysen ... Van Kummant
Julie Fuchs Julie Fuchs ... Olga Babayova
Geoffrey Bateman Geoffrey Bateman ... Le PDG British Oil
Philippe Morier-Genoud Philippe Morier-Genoud ... Le prêtre
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Le maitre de chant
Julien Israël Julien Israël ... Seymour
Bruno Flender Bruno Flender ... Ottmar
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Storyline

Lucrèce is a contract killer in search of a new life. Specialized in the use of poisons and enamored with opera, she accepts a difficult, final hit in a castle in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Posing as a soprano, Lucrèce must perform on stage during the very prestigious Festival of Ermeux and slaughter one of her co-performers, British baritone Alexander Child, who recently bought a distillery in Scotland, and thus became the only obstacle to a strategic pipeline project with considerable financial ramifications. He just won a long legal battle against British Oil, who now has no other choice but to eliminate him. To complicate things, French counter-espionage learns of the hit and sends Rico, a reinstated former agent, to infiltrate the orchestra, unmask and terminate all who wish harm to Alexander Child. Rico has no information on the killer and has a lot of trouble identifying her amid a horde of suspicious characters: an obnoxious conductor, a particularly proud tenor and a ... Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Thriller

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

23 February 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pausa para um Assassinato See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€8,459,177 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€415,600 (France), 27 February 2011, Limited Release
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mélanie Laurent does not perform her character's opera singing. However she had to train to lip sync it realistically. See more »

Goofs

Lucrèce has two very noticeable beauty spots on her lower neck. Throughout the film, these spots keep changing side. See more »

Soundtracks

Le Messie
(extraits de l'Opratorio de Heandel)
Music by George Frideric Handel (as Haendel)
Orchestra performed by Les Siècles
Conducted by François-Xavier Roth
Contralto : Delphine Galou
Soprano : Julie Fuchs
Ténor : Corrado Invernizzi
Basse : Florian Westphal
Chorus : Pygmalion
Chorus Master : Raphaël Pichon
enregistré au Studio DAVOUT et mixé au Studio EGERE par Jiri Heger
(p) 2010 ALTER FILM/STUDIOCANAL
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Hard to create suspense when every character is clueless and boring

Right from the first scene, not one decision by any character made any sense. Instead of creating suspense, each new plot twist forced me to ask: "Why would anyone do that?" It felt like a bad Agatha Christie novel, where every character had the common sense of Inspector Clouseau.

Worse still, the characters didn't seem motivated by love, duty, guilt, fear, self-preservation, their careers or anything (except maybe ennui). So when their laughably silly plans go awry, the characters don't seem to really care, and neither does the audience. When a major reveal happens in a murder movie, one kind of expects a stronger reaction from the main character than saying, "I'm too old for this." So by the end of the movie, I didn't really care what happened to any of them.

This gets two stars rather than one because some of the actors are good looking.


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