Krzysztof Kieslowski, the director of the 'Three Colours' trilogy, expanded two episodes of his of short films based on the Ten Commandments, 'Dekalog', into full-length features. The results are the haunting 'A short film about love' and this brutal story based upon the Commandment 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'. A disaffected young man murders a taxi driver and is put on trail by the state. Though defending by an idealistic lawyer, he is finally sentenced to death by hanging for crime. Disturbing, thought provoking and graphically filmed in harrowing detail.
Brutal and powerful
- A Short Film About Killing review by Pete W
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A film about two killings, examined in forensic but unemotional detail. A teenage boy gratuitously and cruelly murders a taxi driver for reasons which are never very clear to us (and perhaps not to the boy either). The murder is shown in a lengthy sequence which is very disturbing. The film then moves very quickly to the next killing - the execution by hanging of the murderer by the state. This too is harrowing. The film's power derives from its almost documentary approach to two horrific acts of killing. The film is difficult to watch but, once seen, you won't forget it.