Simon Killer review | London Film Festival 2012

Stars: Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Constance Rousseau, Michaël Abiteboul, Solo
Screenplay: Antonio Campos
Runtime 105 minutes | Directed by Antonio Campos

There is a wonderful, stylistic swagger about director-screenwriter Antonio Campos’s Simon Killer. From the moment the soundtrack kicks in and the opening sequence plays there is a tangible sense of an inventive mind at work.

It’s there in the second scene, too, which neatly subverts the convention of zooming in on a character as they share a revelation. Campos chooses to zoom out, slowly, isolating Simon (Brady Corbet), putting the audience at a distance from him. Then, the camera creeps back towards him. Bringing us closer to this young American college graduate about to sample life in Paris. Continue reading