A Short Film About Killing

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Kieslowski's title is accurate: a hideous murder is directly followed by a hideous execution; both illegal and legal acts are detailed and protracted. The film does not set out to explain the punkish young killer's motivation, but restricts the viewer to his tunnel vision from the start, with the edges of the picture sludged over and a lowering yellow light at the centre. The depiction of violence is far removed from the usual camera choreography, and is, in consequence, truly appalling. The killing of the taxi driver is achieved in amateurish instalments, and takes even longer than the famous killing in Hitchcock's Torn Curtain. Not for the squeamish. See also the original TV version Dekalog 5: 'Thou shalt not kill'. BC.

Release details

Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Screenwriter: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Cast: Miroslaw Baka
Jan Tesarz
Krzysztof Globisz

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Jason Calaway

This film is so powerful. It grips you, makes you cringe and shocks you with its graphic murders. Kieslowski's message could not be any clearer- Death to Capital Punishment, and how Capital Punishment is no better than any other murder. A great piece of filmaking.

Jason Calaway

This film is so powerful. It grips you, makes you cringe and shocks you with its graphic murders. Kieslowski's message could not be any clearer- Death to Capital Punishment, and how Capital Punishment is no better than any other murder. A great piece of filmaking.