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UK: Artificial Eye
Cast: Stefano Cassetti, Isild Le Besco, Patrick dell'Isola, Vincent Deneriaz, Aymeric Chauffert, Viviana Aliberti, Estelle Perron, Leyla Sassi, Catherine Decastel, Olivia Carbonini, Basile Vuillemin, Brigitte Raul, Marius Bertram, Philippe Bossard, Elina Löwensohn, Yelda Reynaud
Director: Cedric Kahn
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 124 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, strong violence and strong crime scene images
UK Release Date: 7 June 2002
Although making his first film in 1992, it was not until 1998 that Cedric Kahn made a real name for himself with the film L'ENNUI which won the Prix Louis Delluc. L'ENNUI gave Kahn both domestic and international success.
From the moment Kahn discovered Pascale Froment's book 'Je te tue'. Histoire vrai de Roberto Succo' he knew he had to adapt it into film.
ROBERTO SUCCO opens with the arrival of the police to a horrific murder scene where a 19 year-old man, Roberto Succo, has brutally stabbed his parents. He is arrested and sent to a mental institution in Italy from which he manages to escape. Alone and on the run, Roberto Succo goes into hiding in France, travelling back and forth between the Mediterranean coast and the mountains of Savoy. On his way he leaves a trail of inexplicable murders, rapes and abductions, all of which baffle the police and leave them unable to connect the crimes - that is until he kills a police officer in cold blood.
ROBERTO SUCCO alternates between two perspectives, one following the attempts of the French police to catch the killer and then bring him to justice, the other, and the more dominant of the two, follows the extreme madness of Roberto Succo as he charms, lures and kills or releases his victims.