The Ax

Le couperet

117 mins
7.2 / 10 (390)


After losing his job, Bruno devises a novel approach to finding a new one. He adapts capitalism’s rules to the labor market—eliminating the competition by physically “eliminating” other applicants. When a prime job opens up, Bruno gathers the names of potential candidates and starts “downsizing.”

MUBI's take

Greek director Costa-Gavras meets American crime writer Donald E. Westlake for this pitch-black comedy about the horrors of consumerism. Looking at what happens when profits are prioritized over people, The Ax is a raw, often heartbreaking fable—and in the works to be remade by Park Chan-wook!

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