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A Feature film by Mathieu Kassovitz

Produced by Lazennec & Associés

Release in France : 16/05/1997

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Lazennec & Associés

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StudioCanal, Le Pacte

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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)

Full credits (22)

Executive Producer :

Christophe Rossignon

Screenwriters :

Mathieu Kassovitz, Nicolas Boukhrief

Director of Photography :

Pierre Aïm

Sound assistants :

Amaury de Nexon, Emmanuel Pietri

Camera Operator :

Georges Diane

Press Attaché (film) :

Isabelle Sauvanon

Sound editors :

Corinne Rozenberg, Vincent Guillon, Gérard Hardy

Production Designer :

Philippe Chiffre

Stunt performer :

Jean-Louis Airola

Sound Mixer :

Dominique Dalmasso

Location managers :

Guillaume Favreau, Sophie Quiedeville

Assistant directors :

Eric Pujol, Ludovic Bernard

Co-producers :

Adeline Lecallier, Alain Rocca

Sound recordists :

Bernard Aubouy, Jacques Descomps

Assistant Operators :

Hervé Lodé, Elin Kirschfink, Marie Spencer, Marie Sorribas

Production Manager :

Xavier Amblard

Editors :

Mathieu Kassovitz, Yannick Kergoat

Continuity supervisor :

Aruna Villiers

Foley artist :

Nicolas Becker

Costume designer :

Virginie Montel

Still Photographer :

Guy Ferrandis

Foreign distributor :

Emil Elmer

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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2 h 10 min

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Dolby SRD