A Taliban fighter is captured, interrogated, tortured and then transported to an unnamed snowy destination in Europe. Taking advantage of an accident, he escapes and has to use all his wits to evade his pursuers whilst battling bitter winter cold, and lack of food.
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sometimes you got to kill, yeah. plus, i enormously enjoyed the hallucinatory geography of the place: mideast or related, us, poland. now that could be the beginning of a "new revolution" in cinema, the fight against conventional geography in film. until now, in film, as in reality, hong kong was no neighbour for bolivia, in terms of land borders,
Seen in the Film Library of Lisbon, Portugal (a wonderful place). When sand and snow look alike, Vincent Gallo loses his points of references and becomes a beast. Try not to be stopped by the argument of the film, it's a metaphorical movie. Highly recommended.
Film dépouillé de tout superflu, l'essentiel y est, habité par le jeu remarquable de Vincent Gallo qui, à chaque battements de ses paupières ou entre deux respirations, tente de trouver un sens à sa survie.
Massively underrated, thought-provoking, often darkly funny. Endowed with that cinematic genius of being able to contain ideas concisely in simple repeating motifs; e.g., Gallo on the horse, the film's use of the homestead to echo Western movie mythology, Osama Bin Laden on his horse in propaganda videos -where do the images of others and those we identify as ourselves separate in our image-led world? A great film.
I bet a real fundamentalist terrorist would be less defensive and stand-offish than Gallo. I guess I want to see this (even though the trailer basically makes it look like a lame revamped version of "The Fugitive") but I'd be much more excited about a new directorial effort from Gallo and / or a DVD release of Johnny 316. Plus come on, they couldn't find a real person of Middle Eastern descent for this?
A severely overlooked film from this past year that burns with a surprising power and depth. Strangely, "Valhalla Rising" was another dialogue-free film from the same year with a character on a similar journey. Although the release (of both films) was limited, the characters' agonizing quests are not. "Essential Killing" is a beautiful foray into the nature of survival.