The Ax (Le Couperet)

The Ax (Le Couperet)

The Ax (Le Couperet)
A laid-off worker devises a novel approach to finding a new job—by physically “eliminating” any fellow applicants—in this new comedy from 72 year old, veteran director Costa-Gavras. Based on a novel by US author Donald E. Westlake, The Ax puts outsourcing, downsizing and other 21st-century business trends where they belong: on the chopping block.

When we first meet the Bruno, he appears to be a not-so-polished international assassin, but we realize that murder is merely a stepping stone to a less (or more) ruthless dream: to rejoin corporate life. When a prime job at a paper factory opens up, Bruno gathers the names of potential candidates and starts “downsizing.” Still a loving family man, Bruno juggles dinner with his kids, couples counseling with his wife and body disposal.
2005122 minsBelgium, France, SpainFrench with English subtitles
ComedyCrimeDramaThriller
Director:
Costa-Gavras (Mad City, Z, State of Siege, Missing, Lumi?re & Company)
Writer:
Costa-Gavras,amp; Jean-Claude Grumberg
Cast:
José GarciaKarin ViardGeordy MonfilsChrista Theret

The Ax (Le Couperet) / Reviews

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Costa-Gavras gives you an inordinate amount of time in which to mull over your distaste. His films used to barrel along. This one lumbers and labours...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

A deliciously dark comedy with a gracefully ambiguous ending...

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