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A Short Film About Killing
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A Short Film About Killing

1988
Drama
1h 24m
The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct (imdb)
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87th
80
Finally something that lives up to it's title. No pretentions, no viewer manipulation, no sensationalist imagery. Just a profound message told brutally effectively.
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87th
86
I don't necessarily agree with Kieslowski (the same way I don't agree with Von Trier in Dancer in the Dark) but this film approaches the subject matter in an amibiguous enough manner to let you ruminate on it a while and draw your own conclusions. The murder scene is one of the most brutal I've ever seen.
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98th
91
A laugh riot this was not. Despite its bleakness, I though this was excellent. It was effective and carried some interesting messages without being overbearing or too emotive. The filming style worked brilliantly in the context of the story, and once again Kieslowski elicited great, natural performances from his cast. Brutal, thoughtful, and thought-provoking.
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43rd
50
Simple and only moderately effective anti-capital punishment tale. In short, over-praised.
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82nd
8
Whelp, the title really lives up to what the movie is about. The message didn't change my own personal views on capital punishment but even without that message this was a well made and interesting film. The tone of the film is pretty great, Kieslowski made everything look so ugly. It's really cool. I like how he didn't forcefeed his own views down our throats and instead just presented a realistic film devoid of bias, I can appreciate it.
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Genre: Drama
Runtime: 1h 24m
Languages: EnglishPolish
Country: Poland
AKA: Krótki film o zabijaniu

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