I Hired a Contract Killer

A melancholic grotesque about a man who couldn't kill himself.

I Hired a Contract Killer
Finland 1990
  • Czech
79 min.

Henri Boulanger, a London waterworks worker, loses his job and decides to commit suicide. He fails to do so, so he decides to hire an assassin to do the job for him. The contract is signed and all that's left to do is wait. In the meantime, Henri falls in love and changes his mind about suicide. But the assassin cannot be stopped and he and his lover have no choice but to hide.

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Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Screenplay: Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography: Timo Salminen
Sound: Tom Forsström, Timo Linnasalo
Editing: Aki Kaurismäki
Production Design: John Ebden
Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
Costumes: Simon Murray
Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Margi Clarke, Kenneth Colley, T.R. Bowen, Imogen Claire, Angela Walsh, Cyril Epstein, Nicky Tesco, Charles Cork, Michael O'Hagan

Jussi Awards

1991 – Timo Salminen (Best Cinematography)