Kill by Inches (2000)




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Diane Doniol-Valcroze and Arthur Flam debut with this noirish psychological thriller about an obsessive tailor, recalling the works of David Lynch and The Quay Brothers. Thomas (Emmanuel Salinger) is an anxious young tailor eager to please his clients and his overly critical father. Previous mistakes have made Thomas supremely conscious of measuring fabric properly. Just before the annual ball, Thomas's neurosis boils over into madness, resulting in murder. This film was screened at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.
NR (adult situations)
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Emmanuel Salinger
as Thomas Klamm
Myriam Cyr
as Vera Klamm
Marcus Powell
as The Father
Peter McRobbie
as Ballroom Host
Christopher Zach
as The Repairman
Drummond Erskine
as Mr. Marelewski
Stephanie Schmiderer
as Albert's Mother
Lisa Altomare
as Brunette Woman
Muriel Kuhn
as Petite Old Lady
Anne Whittaker
as Lady Measured
Vince Stefani
as Old Man at Counter
Helene Weintraub
as Old Woman at Counter
Shirley Chovoski
as Woman with Hair Up
Liza Fiorentino
as A Customer
Simon Doniol-Valcroze
as Surveyor No. 1
Marty Braga
as Surveyor No. 2
Seamus McNally
as Surveyor No. 3
Johnny Valiant
as Man Paying Cash
Helen Aronson
as Lady Taking Coat
Georgina Kess
as Blonde Russian Woman
John Smith
as Fat Man at Counter
Dolores Duffy
as Old Lady with Glasses
Dicky Fine
as Short Man
Cheryl Blake
as Lady Spinning
Henry Feldman
as Laughing Man No. 1
Bill Bondanza
as Laughing Man No. 2
Jessica Ambrose
as Customer
Francoise Brion
as Lady with Dog
Stefanie Vinopal
as Lady with Compact
Charles Sammarco
as Airline Steward
Ron Lee Savin
as Bald Man
Lon Waterford
as White-bearded Tailor
Susan MacLeod
as A Customer
Anna Mountford
as Redhead in Shop
Leonard Drum
as Tall Man
Eeta Linden
as Short Woman
A. Barrett Worland
as Ball Competitor No. 1
David Fraioli
as Ball Competitor No. 2
Marie DeCicco
as Miss. Paula
Gabrielle Strauss
as Miss. Margo
Alison Gordy
as Miss Zelda
Diane Moss
as Miss Helena
Mark Dechiazza
as Miss Helena's Partner
Alexandra Kinter
as Miss Felicia
Gill Holland
as Bartender
Allen Stone
as Ballroom Extra
David Mancuso
as Ballroom Extra
Mel Silverman
as Ballroom Extra
Vic Trevino
as Ballroom Extra
Rudolfo Guida
as Ballroom Extra
Arthur Flam
as Ballroom Extra
Jack Sauer
as Ballroom Extra
Michael Rucker
as Ballroom Extra
Alexander Lange
as Ballroom Extra
Marc Flicker
as Ballroom Extra
George Loukides
as Ballroom Extra
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Critic Reviews for Kill by Inches

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Starts out as a wickedly stylized, derisively grotesque contemplation of the obsessive world of the tailor, and gradually descends into the gruesome horror of a deadly sibling rivalry.

November 1, 2001
New York Observer
Top Critic

Light on dialogue and heavy on creepy atmosphere.

October 28, 2001
New York Post
Top Critic

Climaxes with a competition in which tailors try to guess the measurements of fully dressed models, the ultimate thrill for Thomas, something less than that for the public.

October 25, 2001
New York Times
Top Critic

A ponderous, almost wordless sliver of grotesquerie that doggedly suggests cut-rate Jeunet/Caro or Quay Brothers.

October 23, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

A derivative film that is as weird as a Quay Brothers one, but as stale as a month old roast.

Full Review… | March 25, 2002
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Preposterous without being surreal.

Full Review… | October 25, 2001

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