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A Short Film About Love Review


Very Good
This companion Kieslowski's A Short Film About Killing is typically elliptical, as most of the great Polish director's films to be. As the title promises, it's a small film, fitting more closely with The Decalogue than the big screen. The story involves a voyeur (Olaf Lubaszenko) who lusts after the sexpot across the street (Grazyna Szapolowska). Eventually he arranges to meet her, she overcomes her disgust to love him in return, but he ends up attempting suicide. The story comes full circle as the woman spies on the recovering voyeur.

It's an interesting fable though for a film about "love" it feels awfully cold, not to mention lacking a certain amount of realism. Still, solid performances and a good script redeem it considerably.

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A Short Film About Killing Review


Very Good
Krzysztof Kieslowski's difficult film is exactly what the title purports: A disillusioned youth wanders the streets for a half hour, terrorizing people and vandalizing cars at random, before deciding to kill a cab driver in a brutal 10-minute sequence... all for no apparent reason. He's quickly caught and sentenced to death, and his attorney vainly tries to stop the exocution. The second killing is chronicled just as brutally and vividly. It's classic Kieslowski -- black and white on the surface but far harder to put together in the end. This 80-minute flick is meant to invite discussion on capital punishment and whether it fits the crime, but in making his protagonist so worthless, Kieslowski practically answers the question the wrong way: I can't think of any reason the world would be better off with our killer in it. Good riddance.

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The Decalogue Review


Excellent
Survive 10 hours of The Decalogue and you may find yourself a changed person.

Polish master Krzysztof Kieslowski found inspiration in the 10 Commandments, and for Polish TV he made a series of one-hour films exploring each one. Naturally, this is some heavy stuff. In some cases, it's really heavy stuff.

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