I Hired a Contract Killer
is a film directed, produced and written by the Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki
in 1990. It is a Finnish-British
co-production and stars the renowned French
actor Jean-Pierre Léaud
. The film also features cameo appearances by Joe Strummer
) as a guitar player, and by Kaurismäki as a sunglass salesman.
Henri Boulanger (Léaud), a French man in London
, is laid-off from his job after fifteen years of service. He tries to commit suicide but as he continuously fails, he decides to hire a hitman (Kenneth Colley
) to do the job. Afterwards he meets Margaret (Margi Clarke
) and finds new meaning to his life, but the hitman is after him and wants to finish his assignment.