Festival on hiatus, we will return The Gem Theatre – Kannapolis, NC
Friday, Sept. 7, 9 p.m.
Lucinda Coxon (screenplay), Pierre Salvadori (film "Cible émouvante")
Victor is the most respected assassin in the country – and also the most expensive. He is the doyen of killers, carrying on the family business established by his grandfather. The problem is that it’s not a job where you tend to meet the right girl – and so his domineering mother (who has recently gone to live in a Home) is increasingly worried that he’s not going to get an heir to carry on the family business. She nags him about it; and has even taken up knitting, just in case. By contrast, Rose is a free spirit, a gleeful, joyous thief, who has come up with the ultimate con. She borrows a Rembrandt (a real Rembrandt) and gets a copy of it as well. She meets Ferguson, an art-loving gangster who is determined to buy the painting, and, after he’s had it authenticated, she performs a switch – leaving him with the fake. By the time he realizes, she’s gone – and Ferguson has only one course of action. He calls Victor.
Victor sets out to perform the hit – but instead, he is at first outraged by her thieving, then shocked by her sensuality, and finally quite unable to bring himself to kill her. His mother urges him to kill Rose for the sake of the family’s reputation. A deal is a deal. But when he goes to do so, he sees Ferguson’s bodyguard who has been sent to carry out the job instead. Victor shoots him and ends up protecting Rose, the woman he’s meant to kill. Worse still, he finds that he’s picked up an apprentice who has got the mistaken idea that Victor is “undercover”.
Now on the run, after a difficult night in a posh hotel, the oddball trio make their way to Victor’s country home to hide out. There, the edges begin to rub off and Victor finds himself drawn to Rose’s spirit – and she finds herself drawn to his steadiness – until she finds out what he does….and who his next target was to be. Rose runs away. But she’s brought back at gunpoint by Dixon, the replacement assassin who has been sent to kill not only Rose, but Victor too. Victor meets the man who would be his nemesis, the slightly cheaper, second-best assassin – but, more importantly, Victor has got Rose back, and she has discovered how much she loves him. They’re finally reunited and in love – but facing death – when an important visitor arrives……
~from official site