×

Lost Killers

In "Lost Killers," an informal quintet of lovable losers pursue dubious schemes to improve their lives as illegal immigrants in Mannheim, Germany. Sly, off-kilter humor balances the essential tawdriness of prostitution, drug dealing and contract killing, resulting in a strikingly shot and surprisingly amusing slice of life. Georgian helmer Dito Tsintsadze's modest ode to joy in unlikely places is a nice bet for fests as well as a showcase for its multicultural cast.

With:
Lan..... Nicole Seelig Branko ..... Misel Maticevic Merab..... Lasha Bakradze Carlos.....Elie James Blezes Maria.....Franca Kastein Ferreira Alves

In “Lost Killers,” an informal quintet of lovable losers pursue dubious schemes to improve their lives as illegal immigrants in Mannheim, Germany. Sly, off-kilter humor balances the essential tawdriness of prostitution, drug dealing and contract killing, resulting in a strikingly shot and surprisingly amusing slice of life. Georgian helmer Dito Tsintsadze’s modest ode to joy in unlikely places is a nice bet for fests as well as a showcase for its multicultural cast.

A Vietnamese prostitute whose rotten teeth impede her marketability and who has the professional liability of sinking into a coma-like trance after orgasm when she does land a client, Lan (Nicole Seelig) meets hulking Haitian Carlos (Elie James Blezes). An unlikely romance evolves as Carlos plans to sell one of his kidneys for the cash to emigrate to Australia.

Novice hit men Branko (Misel Maticevic) and Merab (Lasha Bakradze) bumble and dawdle over carrying out an assignment to murder a businessman. Nebbishy Merab doesn’t have the stomach for killing and bores his acquaintances with impromptu lectures about the customs and culture of his native Georgia when he’s not vomiting.

Croatian Branko’s cadaverous old mother should have died years ago but keeps responding to Merab’s Georgian toasts to health and longevity. Branko’s Portuguese girlfriend, Maria (Franca Kastein Ferreira Alves), serves as bait for the doomed mark, with unforeseen results.

From its appealing guitar-based score to its casual concern with the practical aspects of a comfortably run gang bang, pic makes a case for a semblance of love and solidarity in the midst of alcohol-soaked quasi-desperate straits. Thesps are distinctive and endearing.

Popular on Variety

Lost Killers

(GERMANY)

Production: A Home Run Pictures, Rommel Film co-production with backing from MFG Baden-Wurttemberg, BKM, Filmboard Berlin-Brandenberg and support from ZDF/Arte. (International sales: Christa Saredi, Zurich.) Produced by Peter Rommel. Executive producer, Monika Kintner. Directed, written by Dito Tsintsadze. Camera (color), Benedict Neuenfels; editor, Stephan Krumbiegel; music, Dito Tsintsadze & Mirian, Udo Schobel, Adrian Sherwood, Skip McDonald; production designer, Thilo Mengler; costume designer, Bettina Marx; sound (Dolby), Angelo d'Angelico; assistant director, Annette Stefan; casting, Stefanie Larson. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard), May 17, 2000. Running time: 97 MIN.

With: Lan..... Nicole Seelig Branko ..... Misel Maticevic Merab..... Lasha Bakradze Carlos.....Elie James Blezes Maria.....Franca Kastein Ferreira Alves

More Film

  • Amanda Awards

    ‘Out Stealing Horses’ Tops Norway’s 2019 Amanda Awards

    HAUGESUND, Norway —  Hans Petter Moland’s sweeping literary adaptation “Out Stealing Horses” put in a dominant showing at Norway’s Amanda Awards on Saturday night, placing first with a collected five awards, including best Norwegian film. Celebrating its 35th edition this year, the Norwegian industry’s top film prize helped kick off the Haugesund Film Festival and [...]

  • Editorial use onlyMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Richard Williams, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' Animator, Dies at 86

    Renowned animator Richard Williams, best known for his work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” died Friday at his home in Bristol, England, Variety has confirmed. He was 86. Williams was a distinguished animator, director, producer, author and teacher whose work has garnered three Oscars and three BAFTA Awards. In addition to his groundbreaking work as [...]

  • Instinct

    Locarno Film Review: 'Instinct'

    Now that “Game of Thrones” has finally reached its conclusion, releasing its gifted international ensemble into the casting wilds, will Hollywood remember just what it has in Carice van Houten? It’s not that the statuesque Dutch thesp hasn’t been consistently employed since her startling 2006 breakout in Paul Verhoeven’s “Black Book,” or even that she’s [...]

  • Good Boys Movie

    Box Office: 'Good Boys' Eyes Best Original Comedy Opening of 2019

    Universal’s “Good Boys” is surpassing expectations as it heads toward an estimated $20.8 million opening weekend at the domestic box office following $8.3 million in Friday ticket sales. That’s well above earlier estimates which placed the film in the $12 million to $15 million range, marking the first R-rated comedy to open at No. 1 [...]

  • Pedro Costa’s 'Vitalina Varela' Wins at

    Pedro Costa’s 'Vitalina Varela' Triumphs at Locarno Film Festival

    The 72nd Locarno Film Festival drew to a close Saturday with Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa’s dark and detached film “Vitalina Varela” coming away with several awards together with superlatives from segments of the hardcore cinephile crowd, including jury president Catherine Breillat. In announcing the Golden Leopard prize for the film, as well as best actress [...]

  • Vitalina Varela

    Locarno Film Review: 'Vitalina Varela'

    Frequently beautiful compositions and the theatrical use of a fierce kind of artifice have long been the hallmarks of Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa, regarded by a small but influential group of aesthetes as one of the great filmmakers of our era. For those in tune with his vision, the director’s films offer an exciting lesson [...]

  • Notre dame

    Locarno Film Review: 'Notre dame'

    Not to be too cynical about it, but might the recent horrific fire in Paris’ cathedral attract audiences to a film in which the gothic gem plays a major role? It’s likely a wiser marketing strategy than promoting the unrelenting silliness of Valerie Donzelli’s oh-so-kooky comedy “Notre dame,” the writer-director-star’s return to contemporary Paris following [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content