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Shadowg’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Did not expect this kind of film from the man who made Les Trois Couleurs.
Much darker than those, and somehow more stylized than blue. The murder is pretty hard to watch. Really well shot ! The use of parallels in this is explicit, but well done: if we consider people who kill by strangulation monsters, why are we accepting people can be killed in the exact same way as retribution ?
My biggest gripe with the film is that it could have been emotionally stronger. Jacek in the first half acts most of the time like he was in Camus' L'Étranger and becomes much more human in the second half. Unfortunately, this dissonance means you have to wait the last 20 minutes until it feels you have a human being to save from death. The end if horrific tho and you can feel the lawyer's despair.
In short, a good film against the death penalty, that could have been fantastic with better characterization.