A Short Film About Killing

  • 1987
  • 1 HR 25 MIN
  • NR
  • Drama, Political

Fans of Krzysztof Kieslowski's mystical TROIS COULEURS trilogy may balk, but we think this tough, rigorously constructed political parable is far superior. The story is straightforward -- a sociopathic street punk bludgeons a taxi driver to death; a compassionate lawyer tries to save him from the death penalty -- but the moral implications are complex and...read more

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Fans of Krzysztof Kieslowski's mystical TROIS COULEURS trilogy may balk, but we think this tough, rigorously constructed political parable is far superior. The story is straightforward -- a sociopathic street punk bludgeons a taxi driver to death; a compassionate lawyer

tries to save him from the death penalty -- but the moral implications are complex and genuinely profound. Thankfully, Kieslowski and screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz refuse to stack the deck: There are no cardboard villains here, only flawed, fully imagined human beings. This season's other

capital punishment film, DEAD MAN WALKING, won't change anyone's mind; this just might.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Fans of Krzysztof Kieslowski's mystical TROIS COULEURS trilogy may balk, but we think this tough, rigorously constructed political parable is far superior. The story is straightforward -- a sociopathic street punk bludgeons a taxi driver to death; a compas… (more)

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