SIMON KILLER (2012) Reviews and overview

 

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Simon Killer is a 2012 American-French film directed by Antonio Campos and starring Brady Corbet, Mati Diop and Nicolas Ronchi.

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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 an exotic prostitute, Victoria. The chemistry builds between the two until they find themselves in a serious relationship, one that leads to blackmail, betrayal and the ultimate revelation of Simon’s true nature…

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Reviews:

“What’s most effective about it is that, like the simmering thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene(whose director Sean Durkin co-produced this film), Simon Killer is a sensual experience that asks the audience to question what it sees and hears. In that way, Campos takes all-too-common feelings of loneliness and disorientation, and shows how they can shade into madness.” The A.V. Club

“The movie does of course come with the predictable caveat of “it won’t be for everyone”, and to be honest it does fall more squarely into the drama genre with elements of psychological horror thrown in. However, if you have a propensity for challenging filmmaking coupled with a desire to be placed unapologetically inside the mind of a disturbed individual, then look no further.” UK Horror Scene

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“Campos’ facile Simon Killer plays out a narrative of bruised masculinity it rarely sets out to challenge, masked with shades of a sordid pop sensibility reminiscent of the stylistically divergent but similarly shallow films of Gaspar Noé.” Tiny Mix Tapes

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