Satirical drama about an ageing assassin trying to pass on the baton to a younger generation. Mr Wagner (Michel Serrault) is one of the best in his profession, but now nearing 70, with his trigger finger shaky instead of itchy, he realises it's time to hang up his gun. Finding it hard to source his protege, Wagner stumbles across Max (Mathieu Kassovitz), a 25 year old welder and part-time crook. Spending long hours alone perfecting his video gaming techniques and watching violent TV, Max seems to be the ideal candidate. As Wagner shows his student the ropes, taking him through the many tricks of his deadly trade, he tries to instil in Max a sense of the ethics of the business. Max however has other ideas, which become evident when he sets out on his first hit.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Mathieu Kassovitz's Assassins(s) stars Michel Serrault as Mr. Wagner. For over 40 years, Mr. Wagner has been a successful assassin, but now he is 70; his hands tremble and his eyesight and reflexes are rapidly failing. Mr. Wagner is ready to retire, but first he must find a successor. Max (Mathieu Kassovitz) is 25 years old. He augments his salary as a welder by committing petty crimes. With his emotions dulled from many years of watching television and his reflexes perfected from countless hours of video gaming, he seems to Wagner, the perfect protégé. In addition to teaching Max how to handle his weapons and techniques for killing, Mr. Wagner also teaches him about the ethics of assassination. Unfortunately, Max seems to have a short attention span and operates with a set of different rules; these quirks manifest themselves when he goes out on his first solo hit. This examination on the harmful effects of pop culture was screened at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival, ...Assassin(s) ( Assassins )