Krzysztof Kieslowski's full-length feature 'A Short Film About Killing' is expanded from an episode of his acclaimed cycle of short films based on the Ten Commandments, 'Dekalog'. 'A Short Film About Killing' is based on the Fifth Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Kill, and is a psychological vivisection of the brutal and senseless murder of a taxi driver by a young drifter, with no explanation offered, and no extenuating circumstances given. Kieslowski demonstrates his skill and dexterity as a master of suspense, keeping tensions rising and viewers in knots, producing a searing, powerful moral indictment of capital punishment.
Brutal and powerful
- A Short Film About Killing review by Pete W
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.