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Simon Killer (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama , Thriller | 12 April 2013 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Antonio Campos

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Antonio Campos, Antonio Campos (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brady Corbet ... Simon
Nicolas Ronchi Nicolas Ronchi ... Carlo
Constance Rousseau ... Marianne
Lila Salet ... Sophie
Etienne Rotha Moeng Etienne Rotha Moeng ... Cambodian Man
Yannis Calonnec Yannis Calonnec ... Street Hustler
Johan Jacques-Andre Coquin Johan Jacques-Andre Coquin ... Brothel Runner
Mati Diop Mati Diop ... Victoria / Noura
Shaina Shaina ... Madame
Oksana Oksana ... Hostess Bar Worker
Anais Anais ... Hostess Bar Worker (as Anaïs)
Catie Catie ... Hostess Bar Worker
Frederic Jolie Frederic Jolie ... Customer
Alexandra Neil ... Simon's Mom (as Alexandra Neill)
Samir Hartouf Samir Hartouf ... Gare du Nord Kid
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Storyline

Recently heartbroken, Simon travels to Paris to clear his head. After several days of wandering aimlessly, Simon finds himself drawn into a sex parlor and has a sexual encounter with an exotic prostitute, Victoria. The chemistry builds between the two until they find themselves in a serious relationship, one that leads to blackmail, betrayal and the ultimate revelation of Simon's true nature. Written by IFC Films

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

12 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az igazi Simon See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,054, 7 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,303, 28 April 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Connections

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Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performed by Danny Bensi
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Unusual and challenging film...
13 April 2013 | by stsingerSee all my reviews

"Simon Killer" may the toughest film I've ever tried to categorize. It's not a horror film, it's not a thriller, it's not a romance, and it's not a drama. And yet, in another way, it *is* all of those. From the very title of the movie to the closing scene, this film defies all common conventions.

"Simon Killer" is the story of Simon, played brilliantly by Brady Corbet, who has just graduated from college and comes to Paris to get over a bad breakup. We never meet Michelle, his ex, but based on Simon's e-mails to her and her reply, it was not a happy breakup, and maybe even worse than that. While there, he meets a drop-dead gorgeous hooker (Mati Diop) and they start a relationship.

I could discuss more of the plot -- and there is definitely more, involving blackmail attempts and other events -- but really, it's irrelevant. The film basically invites us to watch Simon and what he does. And it's engrossing. And the question is, what IS Simon, really. He's not really a pleasant guy. Why is he doing what he's doing? Is he a pathological liar? Or just a confused kid telling small lies in a foreign land. Does he hate women and think they are only for sex? Or is it the opposite, and he gets deeply emotionally involved. "Simon Killer" is fascinating and potentially frustrating as it invites you to watch and yet refuses to give pat answers and instead, seems to raise more questions.

Film, like all art, is subjective, and I found "Simon Killer" absolutely riveting. You may find it disturbing and uncomfortable, but I think it's worth the ride.


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