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.
Can an actor’s performance, just by itself, be the guiding force behind the ambitions of a movie? In Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing—a gripping drama about the solo escape of a terrorist fighter—iconoclastic artist Vincent Gallo achieves exactly that. A Volpi Cup winner at Venice in 2010.
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.
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,
Such elegant simplicity. Skolimowski strips the story of dialogue, character and politics and denies his character (and his audience) any goal or destination. What remains is a fever dream of a film, where the forward thrust is provide strictly on a moment-to-moment basis and the protagonist's frantic journey is marked by hollow, melancholic futility.