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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.

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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 ... 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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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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Drama | Thriller

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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Written by Jane Linda Parker
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Mysterious and Subtle
16 September 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A recent college graduate (Brady Corbet) flees to Paris after a break-up, where his involvement with a prostitute (Mati Diop) begins to reveal a potentially dark recent past.

Since watching this film last night, it has been gnawing at me, and it keeps growing in my mind as something of a masterpiece. Though, to see it in that way, one must first realize this is not a film concerned with a plot, but rather with the study of one particular character. (Just do not go in thinking you can ever understand him.)

Corbet was evil and gritty in "Funny Games" and may have stepped that up a notch here. The character is more subtle, more of an enigma, but this in many ways makes him creepier: is he a sociopath, a killer? We know he is a liar, and we are left doubting almost any claim he makes about his past. (Corbet's career is already legendary, also having worked with Gregg Araki and Lars von Trier, among others.)

While not directly inspired by Joran van der Sloot (the Aruba man best known to Americans as the likely killer of Natalee Holloway), the creators used him as a "point of reference", and it shows. For a visual look they emulated 1970s cinema, and particularly John Cassavetes' "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976). I think they nailed it.

To fully "get" this movie I would need to watch it again. As I said, it grows. I like it more today than yesterday and feel like a re-exploration of the themes and characters would only add to that. Who is Simon? We may never know.


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