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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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Release date: Apr 5, 2013
 
Official website: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/simon-killer
 
Runtime: 101 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 90
    The New York Times - by Jeannette Catsoulis
    Though the film’s ice-cold blend of the cerebral and the atavistic can be off-putting, it enables a queasy portrait of moral disengagement that lingers long after Simon has slipped from the screen. ...

  • 90
    Village Voice - by Chris Klimek
    If Simon Killer's tragic drift is predictable, the seedy particulars still engross. And the storytelling is first-rate. ...read more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by Noel Murray
    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. ...read more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine - by Tomas Hachard
    The film has many elements of a thriller, but ultimately Antonio Campos's interest lies much more in profiling, yet never over-determining, his moody protagonist. ...read more

  • 75
    The Playlist - by William Goss
    A noir-tinged, noose-tightening ordeal [that] confirms Antonio Campos, if not the entire Borderline Films outfit, as a filmmaker/team to be reckoned with. ...read more

  • 65
    NPR - by Scott Tobias
    The film is frequently masterful, suggesting the turbulent inner state of an American sociopath who believes himself to be a good guy. ...read more

  • 50
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Simon Abrams
    A relentless and largely unrewarding descent into an ostensibly personal hell. ...read more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    Even at its most affecting, Simon Killer rarely seems like more than a cinema-du-Gaspar-Noé simulacrum. The languorous long-takes, dissociative sound design and strobe-light scene transitions meant to mirror this emotional con artist’s skewed view of the world are anxiety-of-influence hand-me-downs through and through—viscera without vision. ...read more

  • 10
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    This lushly and pretentiously made drama about a young American whose worst instincts are unleashed during a stay in Paris endeavors to entice with details of the seedy underworld of La Pigalle but is a turn-off in almost every respect. ...read more

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