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France, 2008 (MIFF 2009, Vengeance Is Mine)

Director: Gustave de Kervern


“This quixotic revenge comedy tosses decorum aside as it joyfully sifts through the underlying perversion of life.” - Sundance Film Festival

When a team of female factory workers find their boss has run off with their pay, they pool their meagre compensation payouts to fund a worthy cause: hiring a hit man to kill their former manager. Things don't go entirely to plan, as events deteriorate into comical chaos.

Its title a reference to the 19th-century French anarchist, Louise-Michel is a scattershot satire, liberally mocking rampant capitalism, greenies, 9/11 conspiracy theorists and illegal immigrants, all the while hurtling along to an indie rock soundtrack. Hint: hang around for the post-credits stinger.

Stars Yolande Moreau and Bouli Lanners, along with a cameo from Philippe Katerine.

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

D Gustave Kervern P Benoît Jaubert S Benoît Delépine Dist Vendetta Films L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008

See also...


France, 2006
The cinema of the absurd finds new champions in the form of directors Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern. When a deaf-mute dog handler's employer falls victim to his own paranoia, the dog … More »


France, 2009
Gérard Depardieu heads up a consummate laugh-fest as a retiree on the road trip of his life. ... Offbeat French directing duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern generated loads of laughs … More »

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