Directed by: Patrice Leconte
Starring: Michel Blanc (Hire), Sandrine Bonnaire (Alice), Luc Thuillier (Emile)
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Genres: Mystery, Voyeur
Plot – Spoilers:
A lonely tailor Monsieur Hire goes to work everyday through a hail of barbs and dirty looks from his neighbors. Even the children, except for one little girl, bully him for no particular reason other than that he looks creepy. Despite this daily life, Hire maintains an exterior of impeccable elegance and demeanor and breaks down only while he’s alone or at a brothel. He earns money on the side showing off his skills at a bowling alley but is also resigned to the reality that the applause and cheers he receives from the young people there will not translate into any real-life relationship.
But Hire is not all tragic story. A woman has been found murdered near where he lives and the detective is convinced that Hire matches eyewitness descriptions of the suspected killer. Hire also has a voyeuristic fascination for a young woman who lives in the apartment block across, and watches her from his darkened room every night, while playing the same sad record as a background score to his elusive desires.
Massive – Spoilers:
By the end of the film, the question remains – is Hire the victimized one as he’d like us to believe? Probably not. He could well have been poisoning pigeons like the old lady in his story narrated to a prostitute. Also the manner in which he disposed of his collection of mice by the railway tracks…