It’s easy to dismiss Killing Zoe as a Tarantino wannabe, especially given the presence of his one-time collaborator Roger Avary as writer/director. But…that would be wrong, at least in part, as although there are Tarantino-esque echoes, the movie has its own unique style, including the use of the then new Otto Nemenz Swing & Tilt lenses, employed for perspective distortion during the heroin scenes.
Killing Zoe has a special vibe for me, as I saw the picture on its release in a fleapit cinema in the Left Bank of Paris, so I have fond memories of the time and place.
The story? Eric Stoltz’s American safe-cracker Zed flies to Paris to meet his old friend Eric (Jean-Hugues Anglade) to undertake a bank heist on Bastille Day. The trouble being that Eric and his gang are a bunch of junkie psychos.
Before the job Eric hires call girl Zoe (Julie Delpy) for a brief hotel visit and then proceeds to party the night away with the crew. One of whom (a Brit named Oliver, played by Gary Kemp) has a particular passion for Viking movies:
So Eric tells me you like Viking films. Viking movies.
Yeah… I guess.vEric Stoltz
I love that stuff. Those helmets with the f***ing horns on!
Check out the picture. I think it’s worth a look.
FULL MOVIE (Vikings – 33:00 in)
Oh, and a pulsing score by duo tomandandy (47 Meters Down/The Covenant).