A Short Film About Killing
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This disturbing and violent feature opens with a scene of a dead rat and a lifeless cat hanging by the neck. As the plot unfolds, Yatzek (Miroslaw Baka) is a 20-year-old drifter who murders a testy taxi driver (Jan Tesarz) in a gut-wrenching scene of excessive violence. Tension continues to build as a newly licensed young attorney (Krzysztof Globisz is chosen to represent Yatzek in court. Much anticipated and well-received at Cannes, the film won the European Film Academy Award for "Best European Film" in 1988.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film forces the audience to confront the most vile aspects of life, without offering enough intellectual substance to justify sitting through such brutality."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"One of the ugliest movies ever made, and that's just exactly the way it should be: it takes place in an irredeemably ugly world."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Kieslowski and screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz refuse to stack the deck: There are no cardboard villains here, only flawed, fully imagined human beings."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Exudes a cosmic foreboding."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Kieslowski movingly demonstrates the unexpected connections that strangers make, and ponders the metaphysical forces that not only bind us, but also redeem us."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Not for the squeamish."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the most horrific films you're likely to see -- and one of the most oddly didactic."
‑ Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Examiner
"Thou Shalt Not Miss"
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Far more effective in its longer version."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This is one of a preeminent filmmaker's most vital films."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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