Killing Zoe [VHS] 
A violent crime heist thriller from Tarantino collaborator (and fellow ex-video store employee) Roger Avary. An American safecracker (Eric Stoltz) agrees to help a Parisian thief rob a bank on Bastille Day. However, the night before the robbery he meets a beautiful woman called Zoe (Julie Delpy). The robbery goes wrong and ends in violence. Luckily, Zoe turns out to be one of the bank clerks and helps her new found friend escape from the police.
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Mixed in with the main storyline is a secondary plot - involving Zoe, a student who works part-time as a bank clerk as well as a casual prostitute. Stoltz's character arranges to meet Zoe (played by the beautiful Julie Delpy) upon his arrival at a hotel suit in Paris. The two have sex, and get along well. Later it turns out that Zoe works at the back where the heist takes place ... And, in the final moments, Stoltz's character must decide between old friend or new lover.
Thrown into the film, to add further texture, are plenty of hard drugs. As is the AIDS infection - which, in the midst of bloody carnage, poses a real threat. Given the way this story is told, there's very little joy here. Other than an intimate and tender moment, involving a sex scene with Zoe, this movie is nothing more than a descent into futile brutality. Yet it's a captivating experience - and, in this regard, I highly recommend it.
I watched this film at the cinema over 20 years ago. It's aged well - and stands-up to present-day scrutiny. It's unfortunate that this DVD version of the film is so highly edited - with over 20 minutes of footage cut. The French edition is that much longer, featuring extended scenes about the bank robbery. Should that lengthier version be made available with an English audio (even if only subtitles) I'll certainly get it.
Personally, I really enjoyed this film, it was both mature and beautiful, exploring issues that not many would have the nerve to. A very intelligent and well though out plot and some excellent sets - a red bank vault?
As with all films of this subtle complexity, I don't think it will be to everyone's taste, but if you liked Donnie Darko, and managed to unravel the sub plot to Mulholland Drive but like a less surreal film, try this one on for size. Films that make you think, now there's an idea?!?!?
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SUBTITLES: English forced when French is spoken
RUNTIME: 92:00 mins.Read more