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The Ax

The Ax

A Feature film by Costa Gavras

Produced by KG Productions

Release in France : 02/03/2005

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KG Productions

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Les Films du Fleuve, Scope Pictures

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Mars Distribution

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STUDIOCANAL, France 2 Cinéma

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A business executive, who was fired by his company after it underwent restructuring, is ready to do anything to get his job back - even if it means killing his rivals.


The Ax by Costa-Gravas (Le Couperet, France, 2005, 122 min.). A laid-off worker devises a novel approach to finding a new job—by “eliminating” any fellow applicants—in this mercilessly entertaining comedy from director Costa-Gavras. Based on a novel by American author Donald E. Westlake, The Ax puts outsourcing, downsizing, and other 21st-century business trends where they belong: on the chopping block. When we first meet the middle-aged Bruno, he appears to be a not-so-polished international assassin, but as he confesses his life’s story, we realize that murder is merely a stepping stone to a less (or more) ruthless dream: to rejoin corporate life. José García gives Bruno a bumbling appeal in his single-minded approach to avoiding “the ax.” The film takes the logic of capitalism to its illogical extreme. Description adapted from the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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Executive Producer :

Michèle Ray Gavras

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Jean-Claude Grumberg

Director of Photography :

Patrick Blossier

Production Manager :

Yvon Crenn

Editor :

Yannick Kergoat

Production Designer :

Laurent Deroo

Costume designer :

Laurence Marechal

Assistant Director :

Joseph Rapp

Associate producer :

Geneviève Lemal

Sound recordists :

Nicolas Naegelen, Nicolas Moreau, Thomas Gauder

Press Attachés (film) :

Dominique Segall, Laurent Renard

Continuity supervisor :

Marika Piedboeuf

Music Composer :

Armand Amar

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Feature film

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France, Belgium, Spain

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Majority French (France, Belgium, Spain)

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2 h 2 min

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