A Short Film About Killing Reviews
This film is bleak and powerful. Things seem miserable and the world is not a happy place to be. We met grim people, and Jacek is probably the grimmest of them.
This dark film is not as good as I hoped, still it's a very good film. It looks incredible and the story is simple but powerful. The message is also quite clear here.
8 out og 10 dead cats.
The plot is well-developed, with the main characters involved and their lives being introduced well before the crucial point in the movie. The tale is enhanced, if not entirely made, by the cinematography. It seems cheap, or outdated, but the rather lo fi imagery is perfect for the movie, giving it a grim, gritty feel.
Solid performances all round.
A dark look at the human's psyche, A Short Film About Killing unleashes a debate on how moral is relative from the personal perspective of whoever handles it given any situation. Despite some random emotional fillers that distract the viewer from the original intentions of the film, Kieslowski accomplishes a disturbing sepia tone for highlighting relevant issues, among which are:
- The contradiction of a death sentence as a condemnation of murder.
- The events that are behind the curtain of each individual: his personal life background that we do not see.
- The implications of standardizing human actions and restricting them to what has been accepted as an agreeable consensus.
It is easy to point the finger towards what you condemn, but remember that when you point with your index finger, there are three other fingers pointing at you. Silence is the wisest judge. Remember that our nature is flawed and dual, but complex too. In that sense, I also think that the intentionally darkened corners in the film plays a role. Notice several things about it:
- It only appears when the main characters are on screen, but not during the landscapes or neutral events.
- 90% of the times, the killer walks towards the dark corner, whereas the sentence executioners walk to it around 50% of the times (mmhh...), and the lawyer usually walks towards the bright side.
Maybe an invitation from the Polish auteur to form our own opinions? Great idea; I'll accept that invitation and construct my criticisms.
The scene were Miroslaw kills the taxi driver was impressive, mostly because you realize that this is the first time he murders someone and he doesn't even know how to do it, so he tries a lot of things to finally kill him, and the only thing that he wanted was the stupid car to impress his girlfriend.
The last minutes of the movie are also very powerful, we get to see Miroslaw regretting what he did, blaming his sister's death for his actions. The scene were he talks with his lawyer in his last minutes was very touching, Piotr only wants to give him the chance to be heard one last time, to let all out. Is terrible the way they threat Miroslaw, like he was an animal, let him enjoy his last minutes... but that's reality.
The scene of the execution is the most meaningful, maybe they don't talk that much, but we see the lawyer, a priest and a doctor standing on one side. They represent justice, religion and science and the truth is that they all on Death's Penalty side... The priest freaks out when the convicted only wants to kiss his hand. They all act like if executions were something extremely normal.
The performances were good, Miroslaw Baka acts so naturally that he makes you forget that you are watching a film. Jan Tesarz makes you hate him, the things he does and how he enjoys to do them. Krzysztof Globisz was good, not impressive, I didn't liked him at the beginning because he was a dick.
The colors of the movie are excelent because they put you on the context of a place were there's no justice, they have a lot of problems and not many good things happen in there.
If you like a good contemporary film, this is it... More realistic than a Tarantino film
Yatzek is an aimless 20 year old drifter who murders a taxi driver in a sequence which is brutally realistic and shows how difficult the act of murder actually is.
Director Krzystof Kieslowski shoots everything with a grey and green hue toning down more brighter coloursin favour of greens and black with shaded out images to place emphasis on certain parts of the film.
Kieslowski also manages to pick out details in his film that other less talented directors would have missed such as a falling cloth,a foot coming out of a shoe and a ray of bright light in a green field.
This eye for detail would be more pronounced in the three colours film which followed,but here the power of the images carries the film to its shocking conclusion when we see the execution of Yatzek by hanging.
Many consider Kieslowski a genius and on the basis of this one film im very much inclind to agree.