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449 Ratings

Simon Killer

Directed by António Campos
United States, France, 2012
Drama, Thriller


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 a prostitute, Victoria. The chemistry builds between the two until they find themselves in a serious relation.

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Simon Killer Directed by António Campos
It’s a rich film, but not a particularly pleasurable one. It’s nihilistic sense of pessimism at times feels laboured and Simon’s increasingly bizarre decision-making process gradually becomes dictated by the inexorable death-spiral narrative. Campos has tallent to burn, and even though this film lacks the squalid subtleties of Afterschool, it’s still makes for a bleak drama about the practice of looking for love in all the wrong places.
April 11, 2013
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The issue is that, despite his innate skill at piecing together a narrative, Campos continues to stand on the shoulders of art-house giants. His visual style is a mélange of pieces borrowed from some of today’s most well-known auteurs, with the grueling body politics of Haneke crossed with flourishes nicked from Gus Van Sant.
April 08, 2013
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Though the film’s ice-cold blend of the cerebral and the atavistic can be off-putting, it enables a queasy portrait of moral disengagement that lingers long after Simon has slipped from the screen.
April 04, 2013
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