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Essential Killing

Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
Poland, Norway, 2010
Thriller, War


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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Essential Killing Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski

Critics reviews

The political component is marginal; this is a survival story, plain and simple, and in the hands of Polish director Skolimowski, it becomes an exercise in primal, stripped-down storytelling. As Gallo devours ants for sustenance, fends off wild dogs, and re-enacts the finale of The Grapes Of Wrath (minus the consent of the mother), the audience becomes weirdly hardwired to his emotional and physical state, feeling every painful plunge, down the side of a bank or into ice-cold water.
August 16, 2013
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