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A Short Film About Killing
Jacek climbs into the taxi driven by Waldemar, tells him to drive to a remote location, then brutally strangles him, seemingly without motive.
I have previously noted that a film with palpable influence on the real world exceeds in my estimation any film whose most notable impact to the wider world is merely on the realm of film itself; there is a step further that should be noted, that when a film's influence can be proven to save lives, actually prevent killing itself, on not an individual but an institutional level, that film becomes more akin to something holy. I certainly did not have this expectation going in; Kieslowski has previously left me interested but not moved, intrigued but not scarred.
This moved me and scarred me. This seems to have saved lives.
Filters and bleach turn the world into a ragged, broken,…
Decades Project: 3/8 of the 80's
"Is it a good film?"
"No, it's boring."
A Short Film About Killing may be short in its temporal duration, but it is incredibly long in its emotional effect. It is a despairingly brutal examination of humanity and the death penalty. It follows an itinerant young boy, a rude old taxi driver, and a newly appointed lawyer fresh from his exams. The boy kills the taxi driver, and the case for his life is taken by the lawyer.
The film works by focusing on the mundane reality of each character's life and contrasting it with the severe violence that erupts from it. The youth goes to see a movie; the taxi driver cleans his…
This is another example of the power of cinema and going beyond the intentions of its original purpose. Obviously films and cinema are a effective outlet to spread awareness and moral messages on a variety of topics to a wide scale audience. But I doubt Kieslowski knew while making this film the type of impact it would have. A Short Film About Killing helped pave the wave for debate and the eventual annulment of capital punishment in Poland.
This is an expanded version of his fifth installment of The Decalogue series as part of a two feature film contract with the funding attained. Both versions are essentially the same with perhaps this feature length one containing both more coherency in…
"Thou shalt not kill."
A dark look at the human's psyche, A Short Film About Killing unleashes a debate on how moral is relative from the personal perspective of whoever handles it given any situation. Despite some random emotional fillers that distract the viewer from the original intentions of the film, Kieslowski accomplishes a disturbing sepia tone for highlighting relevant issues, among which are:
- The contradiction of a death sentence as a condemnation of murder.
- The events that are behind the curtain of each individual: his personal life background that we do not see.
- The implications of standardizing human actions and restricting them to what has been accepted as an agreeable consensus.
It is easy to point…
In this film, Kieslowski is able to say more about human nature than most other directors could with a hundred films of their own.
Both A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love seem to be yearning for a larger exploration of the material they contain. Both films were expanded from episodes of Kieslowski's Decalogue series and it's easy to pinpoint the places where Kieslowski had to condense and abbreviate for a different medium.
There's really rewarding stuff in both of these films, however. The cinematography here, with it's muddy green hues, is stunning. The pivotal murder sequence is brutal and unnerving. Perhaps I would enjoy both of these works more in the context of the Decalogue series which I have yet to watch. They're solid and thought provoking works but they aren't the transcendent type of masterpieces I've seen in Kieslowski's other feature films.
I very much adore Kieslowski and in the context of The Decalogue, I might feel differently about this but it felt a little too stripped down for a feature length film. Interested to see how the shorter version plays.
Soon, Decalogue, I shall conquer you.
I really wish I could like Kieslowski but it doesn't seem to be happening. I'm constantly underwhelmed and there's nothing that I find engaging at all, (an exception here being the murder scene which earns a +.5 on its own and the marionette scene in Veronique). I admire the cinematography and the man really was an excellent technician but that alone is not really enough to keep me interested; making a brief 84 minutes feel like they lasted for almost 2 hours
Now, to be clear this is Decalogue part V with 15 minutes of extra deleted scenes (and honestly, many of these scenes were from the 1st half and were deleted for good reason).
The 2nd half of the movie is a total masterpiece. I could rewatch that scene as many times as I want, but it will always blow me away.
An interesting and blatant look at murder. But it moved too slowly for me.
There is darkness everywhere
Either supplements or dilutes Dekalog 5? Fuck if I know, but the performances still astound.
There are very, very few films out there with more respect for human life than this one.
Good movie A+ on edginess non-ironically
i was watching this movie when frank ocean dropped his new album but i didnt wanted to stop the movie and watch it another day so i watched it in mute with blonde playing in another media player but apart that it was fine i guess but meh i wasnt that touched u know but yeah death sentence is very bad ignore this review
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
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