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I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)

I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)





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In this Finnish comedy, which features all-English dialogue and nary a Scandanavian in it, Henri Boulanger (Jean-Pierre Leaud), is a colorless English civil servant, who was given a speedy retirement when his agency was "privatized," complete with a gold watch. His life is so barren that removing even the empty activities of his job makes it not worth living, so he attempts suicide by sticking his head in a gas oven - just as a gas service strike gets underway. Frustrated, he takes his savings from the bank and heads off to hire a contract killer to take his life from him. Then he really begins to enjoy life - so much so, that now he wants to avoid his imminent demise. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Comedy , Drama
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Jean-Pierre Léaud
as Henri Boulanger
Margi Clarke
as Margaret
Kenneth Colley
as The Killer
Imogen Claire
as Secretary
Angela Walsh
as Landlord
Michael O'Hagan
as Killer's boss
Walter Sparrow
as Hotel porter
Joe Strummer
as Guitar player
Tony Rohr
as Frank
Cyril Epstein
as Taxi Driver
Peter Graves
as Jeweller
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Jean-Pierre Leaud stars as an office drone who suddenly loses his job. When his suicide attempts fail, he hires someone to do it for him. Unfortunately, he hadn't anticipated changing his mind. My second Kaurismaki, didn't like it as much as Match Factory Girl. Kaurismaki working in English kind of reminds me of Kusturica working in English -- the tone is the same, but it seems like the heart isn't in it. There are some really, really funny bits of dry, black humor (Leaud's firing is a scream) but the non-comedic bits feel empty and rote. Not a bad way to spend 75 minutes, but I had hoped for more.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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