How I Killed a Saint (2006)

How I Killed a Saint



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A brother and sister caught on separate sides of the Macedonian conflict in the former Yugoslav republic struggle to make sense of a land teetering on the brink of civil war in director Teona Strugar Mitevska's intimate war drama. Viola (Labina Mitevska) has just returned to her hometown of Skopje after finishing college in the United States. Soon after realizing that her younger brother Kokan (Milan Tocinovski-Sako) has become deeply involved with a group of ultra-nationalistic political thugs, … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Matthew Bardin, Teona Strugar Mitevska
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Critic Reviews for How I Killed a Saint

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (5)

The film is light on story, but the gritty, no-nonsense filmmaking keeps things moving, and Mitevska's tale has an undeniably touching cumulative effect.

Full Review… | May 18, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Though weak in the drama department, the story of a brother and sister who love each other but have different political ideas and personal agendas effectively captures the tension of the time.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
Top Critic

How I Killed a Saint boasts dynamic performances by the two leads, as well as tight directing (a lot happens in just 82 minutes) and eye-pleasing cinematography.

May 4, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

Filmed in a covert, voyeuristic style, How I Killed a Saint successfully conveys the pervasive anxiety of a country teetering on the brink of civil war.

May 3, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Kokan's resentment runs deep -- too deep, unfortunately, for an 82-minute feature to spell out with any clarity.

Full Review… | May 2, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Mitevska telescopes centuries of conflict between nations into an intimate story of siblings whose hopes for the future are being slowly poisoned by the sins of the past.

Full Review… | May 5, 2006
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