“Thou shalt not kill” – a shorter, slightly less graphic version of ‘A Short Film About Killing’ , but the plot is essentially the same: murder followed by execution, two killings, one illegal, one legal, both hideous.
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35mm. I can't peacefully enter - not even disturbingly - the moral and aesthetic universe of this filmmaker from whom, basically, i know his final "art films" filmed mostly in France. Here he began his "artistic thing" with filters that create dark areas on images' right edge, a poorly arranged parallel editing between the dramaturgy's prominent areas and an absolute ugliness in the way a morality is dispatched.
Such a departure in style from the previous episodes that you can see how it might be more natural as an expanded, separate feature (which it was). A lot of brilliance here, but I'm conflicted about Kieslowski sentimentalizing his killer in the last act. It could have been so much more provocative without it, because there's no denying the chilling horror of the finale, or doubting that it's a cry from the heart.
Kieslowski draws on the hypocritical function of social laws, relationships, and power. The state as an ideological construct transcends the individual's responsibility to preserve life, yet itself is a machine created by individuals. Barcis appears twice, once with disapprobation and twice with concern. The unyielding grief which tends a boy's death makes monsters out of men.
96/100 - Masterful.
One of the most powerful THINGS ever made. I fought back tears but lost. Perhaps the most moral movie ever? Without a doubt the most devastating indictment made against violence and society in a film that I have ever seen.
One of Kieslowski's best episodes in the Decalogue brims with a hate-bleached yellowish atmosphere that pushes a young delinquent into an unspeakably hideous act of murder. As a meditation of sin both in terms of the element of chance and of the system's retribution, this is gripping and astute. Marvellously acted it is an uncomfortable and mesmerizing moral treatise on respect for the 'dignity' of the culprit.
Yıllar önce, sanırım ilk gençliğime denk gelen bir dönemde televizyonda 'Öldürme Üzerine Kısa Bir Film' adıyla rastlamıştım bu filme. O zaman kimi ve neyi izlediğimi bilmeden ama büyük bir ilgiyle, bir o kadar da güçlükle seyrettiğimi anımsıyorum. Son sahnede bugün hissettiklerimi yine hissetmiştim bir de. Bende değişen pek bir şey olmamış anlaşılan Kieslowski sinemasına bakışımda.
what will happen If the irrelevant images use for creating an atmosphere full of with high tension ? '' The answer ; killing scene. I ve watched this film maybe 10 years ago and I didnt forget function of that horse , the man with bicycle , train.Those three are maybe a few seconds but they are making audiences nervous about inevitability.maybe inspiration of bresson , I ve felt same things in ''a man escaped''.