I have a problem with films starring New Wave legend Jean-Pierre Léaud. The man is so iconic that it’s impossible to suspend my disbelief that he’s someone else than the boy in 400 coups. Luckily, I Hired a Contract Killer is an absurd comedy, nowhere near any realistic desire. Playing a man who hires a killer because he can’t successfully commit suicide (after getting fired from the most horrid desk job in London), Leaud than meets a woman and gains a sudden lust for life. Except the killers are hard to stop now that they’re moving. Except the main killer has lung cancer. Kaurismäki is having fun.