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Le Couperet

Le Couperet
Directed by Costa-Gavras
Produced by Michèle Ray-Gavras
Written by Jean-Claude Grumberg
Starring José Garcia
Karin Viard
Olivier Gourmet
Christa Theret
Yolande Moreau
Dieudonné Kabongo
Thierry Hancisse
Cinematography Patrick Blossier
Distributed by Mars Distribution
Release dates 2005
Running time 122 min
Country Belgium
Budget $5,320,000[1]
Box office $3,810,432[2]

Le Couperet is a Belgian-French-Spanish (2005) film. The English title of this film is The Axe.

Directed by Costa-Gavras and starring José Garcia, Karin Viard and Olivier Gourmet, Le Couperet is an adaptation of the novel The Ax by Donald E. Westlake. The film follows the "hero", Bruno D. (Garcia), trying to do the right thing but having no choice than to take the wrong path.


The thirty-nine-year-old executive Bruno Davert has been working for fifteen years in a paper company. After a merging operation with a Romanian company, he is laid off due to downsizing. While unemployed for two years, Bruno loses his self-esteem and sanity and his family loses the middle-class lifestyle without cable television, Internet and regular consumption. He concludes that there is too much competition in his sector for a few job positions and decides to literally eliminate his competitors, killing those more qualified than him.


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