Essential Killing
By: Don Morton | Jul 28, 2011 | Issue: 905 | No Comments | 3,104 views

Title in Japan: Essential Killing
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Starring: Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner
Year: 2010
Running Time: 84 min

A vaguely Taliban man is captured and tortured by US forces, but escapes when the prison van taking him to an “advanced interrogation techniques” facility in wintertime Poland overturns. Starving and freezing, he wanders through the woods killing (lest he be killed) all he encounters to get food (mother’s milk at one point). Not everyone likes Vincent Gallo, but you can’t deny his bravery, if that’s the word. It’s an arduous, grueling role, with not a word of dialogue. This is an existentially abstract, elemental film, a parable of our times that leaves the labeling and interpretation up to you.

See Metropolis‘ interview with director Jerzy Skolimowski here.

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