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also known as Krótki film o zabijaniu

A Short Film About Killing1988

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  • 4.3
A shocking powerful film expanded from episode V of Kieslowski's legendary DECALOGUE. A SHORT FILM ABOUT KILLING considers societal violence in its many forms through the story of an idealistic young lawyer and the brutal murderer he is called to defend.
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Krzysztof Kieslowski's study of human cruelty and punishment has retained every bit of power since it was first screened. Featuring Slawomir Idziak's brilliant cinematography which presents itself in an obscured manner -- are we really sure we want to see? -- Do we really want to know the truth? I think this film's realistically grim presentation of truth actually makes societal punishment only more horrific had Kieslowski chosen to tell the story of a wrongfully accused character. The character's guilt brings forward a chilling discussion of both guilt and consequence. An almost flawless film.

Very intense. The violence is not extremely explicit, but a yellow tray under a man's body after he gets the death penalty, might be one of the most violent thoughts ever put into film.