History Film / KillingZoe

24th Jul '17 1:06:36 PM Piterpicher
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* MalevolentArchitecture and/or AlienGeometries and/or EldritchLocation: Word of God has it that the bank is meant to represent Zed's mind/brain. [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind The farther into it they go, the deeper the red gets.]] The vault is his moral center, where he's forced to MercyKill the disfigured guard, thus changing his overall attitude (when Zoe was in trouble before, Zed didn't lift a finger; after the vault scene, he immediately risks his life to save her). Both the director and the production designer have gone on record saying the bank is highly unrealistic and was modeled on The Overlook Hotel from StanleyKubrick's Film/TheShining; French banks don't have giant French flags hanging from the ceiling or bizarre Roman paintings hanging on blood-red walls. For some audience members, this may break the SuspensionOfDisbelief, for others it's the best aspect of the film.

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* MalevolentArchitecture and/or AlienGeometries and/or EldritchLocation: Word of God has it that the bank is meant to represent Zed's mind/brain. [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind The farther into it they go, the deeper the red gets.]] The vault is his moral center, where he's forced to MercyKill the disfigured guard, thus changing his overall attitude (when Zoe was in trouble before, Zed didn't lift a finger; after the vault scene, he immediately risks his life to save her). Both the director and the production designer have gone on record saying the bank is highly unrealistic and was modeled on The Overlook Hotel from StanleyKubrick's Creator/StanleyKubrick's Film/TheShining; French banks don't have giant French flags hanging from the ceiling or bizarre Roman paintings hanging on blood-red walls. For some audience members, this may break the SuspensionOfDisbelief, for others it's the best aspect of the film.
25th Oct '16 5:04:12 PM Fireblood
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** The director has also said that HIV-positive, caucasian, French Eric having anal sex with Vietnamese Francois was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek comment on the French occupation of Vietnam. Since you only see them from behind, many viewers had trouble figuring out just who Eric was doing.
* SanitySlippage: Eric (noticing a pattern?)

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** The director has also said that HIV-positive, caucasian, Caucasian, French Eric having anal sex with Vietnamese Francois was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek comment on the French occupation of Vietnam. Since you only see them from behind, many viewers had trouble figuring out just who Eric was doing.
doing it with.
* SanitySlippage: Eric (noticing a pattern?)pattern?).
25th Oct '16 4:56:53 PM Fireblood
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: When the hero is a heroin-using safe cracker and his old lady is a [[InsistentTerminology call girl]], you know you're not in a very nice place. Predictably, the villain is a manic, remorseless psychopath who becomes a terrorist and machine guns people to death entirely for fun. That said Zoe is also a ALighterShadeOfGrey, being more good than morally ambigious.
* BlatantLies: "I am not a prostitute!"

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* BlackAndGrayMorality: When the hero is a heroin-using safe cracker and his old lady is a [[InsistentTerminology call girl]], you know you're not in a very nice place. Predictably, the villain is a manic, remorseless psychopath who becomes a terrorist and machine guns people to death entirely for fun. That said Zoe is also a ALighterShadeOfGrey, being more good than morally ambigious.
ambiguous.
* BlatantLies: "I am not a prostitute!"prostitute!" Though here it's just that she calls herself a [[InsistentTerminology call girl]] instead.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Eric, who begins the film as Zed's old childhood friend. He always has a smile on, and says that the rest of the gang has already agreed to give Zed a big cut of the take. Later on, he's still smiling, while covered in blood, leaving his gang to die, and decaring that he doesn't give a shit about Zed. "We haven't seen each other in years!"
* FrenchJerk: Eric was obnoxious and unpleasant even before he turned monstrously psycothic.

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* FauxAffablyEvil: Eric, who begins the film as Zed's old childhood friend. He always has a smile on, and says that the rest of the gang has already agreed to give Zed a big cut of the take. Later on, he's still smiling, while covered in blood, leaving his gang to die, and decaring declaring that he doesn't give a shit about Zed. "We haven't seen each other in years!"
* FrenchJerk: Eric was obnoxious and unpleasant even before he turned monstrously psycothic.psychopathic.



* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Eric]] gets machine gunned to death by a least a half dozen cops. He spends almost 30 seconds having bullets rip through him.
* LifeEmbellished: Believe it or not. Roger Avary based the script on his state of mind during a European trip he once took. Many quoteable lines were actually said to him by his Parisian junkie friends. When Quentin Tarantino first read the script, he said the only appropriate title was "Roger Takes A Trip."

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Eric]] gets machine gunned to death by a at least a half dozen cops. He spends almost 30 seconds having bullets rip through him.
* LifeEmbellished: Believe it or not. Roger Avary based the script on his state of mind during a European trip he once took. Many quoteable quotable lines were actually said to him by his Parisian junkie friends. When Quentin Tarantino first read the script, he said the only appropriate title was "Roger Takes A Trip."
25th Oct '16 4:48:58 PM Fireblood
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* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Obviously any french spoken by Julie Delpy's Zoe, and strangely, many lines from Eric sounds incredibly hot when you get past the whole "murder" thing.

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* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Obviously any french French spoken by Julie Delpy's Zoe, and strangely, many lines from Eric sounds incredibly hot when you get past the whole "murder" thing.
25th Oct '16 4:46:39 PM Fireblood
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* FauxSymbolism: As one character is dying, he rambles the non-sequitur, "Ox, where is thy yoke?" The director has gone one record saying he wanted a Shakespeare quote but was too lazy to look one up.
25th Oct '16 4:43:34 PM Fireblood
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Despite taking place entirely in Paris, the whole production was shot in L.A. (with the exception of the opening and closing credits). Because 99% of the movie takes place indoors and almost the entire cast is French, it's not noticeable at all.
14th Oct '16 9:01:32 PM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:324:The death of life ("Zoe" is the [[RuleOfSymbolism Latin]] (actually Greek) word meaning [[DontExplainTheJoke "life."]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:324:The [[caption-width-right:300:The death of life ("Zoe" is the [[RuleOfSymbolism Latin]] (actually Greek) word meaning [[DontExplainTheJoke "life."]]]]
23rd Jul '16 2:25:01 PM nombretomado
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It's gone down in history as a lesser Creator/QuentinTarantino film, but his only involvement was as executive producer. Similarities between ''Killing Zoe'' and other Tarantino films do exist, but that is because Roger Avary had a hand in writing those scripts. Some called Tarantino out on reusing a call-girl character, as he had already done ''Film/TrueRomance'', but the first draft of ''True Romance'' was written by Roger Avary. The true difference between ''Killing Zoe'' and the Tarantino's films is the nihilism. Avary writes villains who are selfish monsters and heroes that are nothing but apathetic. Does it come as a shock to anyone that the man's next film would be an adaptation of a BretEastonEllis [[Literature/TheRulesofAttraction book]]?

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It's gone down in history as a lesser Creator/QuentinTarantino film, but his only involvement was as executive producer. Similarities between ''Killing Zoe'' and other Tarantino films do exist, but that is because Roger Avary had a hand in writing those scripts. Some called Tarantino out on reusing a call-girl character, as he had already done ''Film/TrueRomance'', but the first draft of ''True Romance'' was written by Roger Avary. The true difference between ''Killing Zoe'' and the Tarantino's films is the nihilism. Avary writes villains who are selfish monsters and heroes that are nothing but apathetic. Does it come as a shock to anyone that the man's next film would be an adaptation of a BretEastonEllis Creator/BretEastonEllis [[Literature/TheRulesofAttraction book]]?
4th Jun '16 3:28:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: Eric keeps Zed (who's been cracking the vault this whole time) in the dark about how screwed the heist is at least until Zed can finish his job and get him to the precious metals. Not that it matters by that point.
19th Apr '16 9:56:18 PM mrnickname
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* FrenchJerk: Eric was obnoxious and unpleasant even before he turned monstrously psycothic.
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