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Mr Wagner is a craftsman. For more than forty years, he has been paid to kill people. And for more than forty years, he has done the job perfectly, with an ambiguous but genuine work ethic that he claims is necessary. When he meets Max, 25 and unemployed, Wagner thinks he has found his successor. He strives to teach him his skills and sense of ethics...
This is a film on the razor's edge, a film against violence where we show violence in order to condemn it. There's a violent scene at the beginning, followed by even more violent scenes but you never see the people being shot, you see the killers but you never see the victims. It's realistic so as to get as possible to life and true violence with the idea of trying to sicken people. Obviously, some people will be too sickened to accept or understand it, whatever my aims were." (Mathieu Kassovitz)