I hired a Contract KillerI hired a Contract Killer

by Aki Kaurismäki

I hired a Contract Killer

Synopsis

Henri Boulanger wants to die, for reasons too personal to be explained here. Since his helpless attempts to end his days go down the drain, partly because of a gas strike, partly because of his own impracticality, he ends up hiring a contract killer to send him to happier rubber-stamping grounds. While waiting for the killer to do his job, however, he makes the mistake of sipping, for the first time in his life, a whisky, and finds the courage to encounter the opposite sex eye to eye, also for the first time. Everything would be ready for setting up a family, but, unfortunately, the killer’s contract cannot be canceled.

The film moves from everyday realism through melodrama towards a surprise ending with a cinematic structure swinging between Dreyer and Melville without touching either of them in any way. (Aki Kaurismäki)

Director

Aki Kaurismäki, writer, director, editor and producer. Born in Finland 4.4.1957, but...

Films as a director:

1981
»The Saimaa Gesture«
(Co-Dir. with Mika Kaurismäki)

1983
»Crime And Punishment«

1985
»Calamari Union«

1986
»Shadows In Paradise«
»Rocky VI« (Short)

1987
»Hamlet Goes Business«
»Thru The Wire« (Short)
»L.A.Woman« (Short)
»Rich Little Bitch« (Short)

1988
»Ariel«

1989
»Leningrad Cowboys Go America«
»Dirty Hands« (TV Film)

1990
»The Match Factory Girl«
»I Hired A Contract Killer«

1991
»Those Were The Days« (Short)
»These Boots« (Short)

1992
»La Vie De Boheme«

1993
»Total Balalaika Show - Helsinki Concert« (Documentary)

1994
»Take Care Of Your Scarf - Tatjana«
»Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses«

1996
»Drifting Clouds«

1998
»Juha«

2002
»The Man Without A Past«, »Dogs Have No Hell« (Short)

2004
»Bico« (Short)

2006
»Lights In The Dusk«

Cast

Jean-Pierre Léaud
Margi Clarke
Kenneth Colley
Serge Reggiani

Crew

Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
Script: Aki Kaurismäki
Camera: Timo Salminen
Sound: Timo Linnasalo
Editing: Aki Kaurismäki
A production of Villealfa Productions Oy

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / colour
Length: 80 min.
Original language: Finnish

Original title: I hired a Contact Killer

I hired a Contract Killer
I hired a Contract Killer

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