Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Short Film About Killing (Krótki film o zabijaniu) (1988)

Director: Krysztof Kieslowski. Cast: Miraslaw Baka, Krysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz. 84 min. Poland. Crime/Drama.

The fifth film in Kieslowki's Decalogue based on the Ten Commandments; obviously, this one aiming for "Thou shalt not kill". A 20-year old low-life murders a taxicab driver for no reason, and a young lawyer fails to save him from capital punishment. Kieslowski maintains his depressing coloring of Warsaw's cold streets, and dissects an execution sequence that will make one cringe, forcing one to think twice about the death penalty. No offense to Kieslowski fans, but even though he did it later, Lars von Trier nails the same message much stronger in his 2000 film, Dancer in the Dark.

PS: Nevertheless, I'll be looking forward to A Short Film About Love.

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