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Directed by Alex Van Warmerdam

Netherlands 2015 96 mins.

The twists and turns surprise in this unsparing, deadpan, black comedy. Schneider, a contract killer, gets a phone call from Mertens who has a rush job for Schneider. The killer refuses to take it; it’s his birthday and he has promised his wife to help with the celebratory dinner. Mertens stresses that it is important and needs to be done that day. “It’s Ramon Bax, a writer over sixty. He lives on his own on a lake. He’s got no neighbors. It’s an easy job, you’ll be back before lunchtime.” Reluctantly, Schneider agrees, but the easy job turns out to have its complications.



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