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Another obscure movie about a killer…

Really, people, I do watch LOTS of movies that aren’t about killers…  but the second inquiry I’ll post here is also about a ‘killer’ movie…

Okay, I saw this movie in a theatre that tends to show foreign films, art films, cult films, old movie revivals.  I think I saw it maybe twenty years or so ago.

It’s a European film (French?), I’d almost bet my life on it (but I probably shouldn’t…) — or at least not American.  I remember really liking it at the time, but my memories of it are really indistinct.

It’s about a serial killer who is on the move.  Maybe his job involves travel, and he kills along the way.  Or maybe he travels for the purpose of killing all over the place, I can’t remember.  I seem to remember shots from inside the car, maybe the driver’s POV thru the windshield???  And maybe he drives in the rain often???

And scenes in hotel rooms.  The visual feel is gritty, the lens may not always be fully focused, or it’s just grainy.  And claustrophobic.  It gave me the feeling like I could feel the killer’s breath on my skin, on my face.  The best word I have for it was that the movie, and its world, were… sweaty… to me.

Can’t remember the plot beyond travel and killing — the latter of which I’m not sure was very graphic or very on-screen, even.  Maybe the emphasis was more on his constant moving, from kill to kill.

And I seem to have a vague sense that the main character remains largely an enigma.  I don’t know if any effort to explain why he does what he does or what it means to him, even in the moment. is ever made.

I only really have snippets of it in my head anymore, but the movie’s nevertheless always stayed with me…


Did I make this movie up???

This is a movie I did not see, but I swear I read about it, and even saw an image from (or poster/cover image for) — maybe a decade or so ago.  But I’ve had no luck searching for it on the internet, so I’m getting to the point where I wonder if I made the whole thing up!

Thing is, I could be a little off — or even completely wrong — about everything I’m gonna say I remember about it.  But I’m gonna try to be remember it as best I can…

It’s a story about two men who are lovers and also killers — possibly serial killers, but I’m not sure about that.  I think the guys were kinda punky, maybe?  Or they looked like outsiders in some rough way?  I believe it was a veeery independent, low-budget movie.  Very raw-looking, underground-y.  Probably b/w.  Might be an American film, but it nags at me that it’s probably European, or at least not American.

It looked like it was an extremely obscure movie, and I can recall reading about it — I think online — only this one time.  My impression/memory is that the movie was very extreme and disturbing.  Envelope-pushing, perhaps.  It makes me wonder if it was so much so that it’s one of those movies that the media and even the internet tries to disappear — the way the media has basically never acknowledged the existence Kirby Dick’s documentary Outrage, for fear of being sued — and that’s why I’m having so much trouble searching for it online.

My guess is that it’s somewhere between ten and twenty years old — but I could be very off on especially that detail.

I thought it was called Killers, or The Killers — but it might have been called Lovers, or The Lovers???