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Essential Killing (2010)

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An Afghan POW attempts his escape.

Director:

Jerzy Skolimowski

Writers:

Jerzy Skolimowski (screenplay), Ewa Piaskowska (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Gallo ... Mohammed
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Margaret
Zach Cohen Zach Cohen ... American Contractor 1
Iftach Ophir ... American Contractor 2
Nicolai Cleve Broch ... Helicopter Pilot 1
Stig Frode Henriksen ... Helicopter Pilot 2
David L. Price ... Interrogation Officer (as David Price)
Tracy Spencer Shipp Tracy Spencer Shipp ... Young Soldier in Suv
Mark Gasperich Mark Gasperich ... Head of Pursuit Team
Phillip Goss Phillip Goss ... Military Doctor
Klaudia Kaca Klaudia Kaca ... Woman on a Bicycle
Dariusz Juzyszyn Dariusz Juzyszyn ... Logger
Raymond Josey Raymond Josey ... American Soldier
Robert Mazurkiewicz Robert Mazurkiewicz ... Hunter
Janusz Wojtarowicz Janusz Wojtarowicz ... Margaret's Husband
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A Taliban member who lives in Afghanistan is taken captive by the Americans after killing an American soldier and two contractors. He is transferred to Europe for interrogation but manages to escape from his captors and becomes an escaped convict on a continent he does not know. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Run to live... kill to survive (UK)

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Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Poland | Norway | Ireland | Hungary | France

Language:

English | Polish | Arabic

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Essence See more »

Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,167,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$329,108
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vincent Gallo's lead character doesn't utter a single word during the course of the film. See more »

Goofs

After Mohammed falls in the water he climbs out of the lake. However, in the following scene with the dog he seems dry. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Na plovárne: Na plovárne s Agnieszkou Holland (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Mie Toleruje - Bije
Music written by Rafal Modlinski, Karol Ludew, Piotr Leniewicz and Adam Adamczyk
Performed by Moja Adrenalina
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Brilliant, thought provoking, mature study
12 October 2012 | by declanjmcmanusSee all my reviews

Refreshingly unlike a lot of Hollywood's products where one is fed the director's opinion and invited to swallow it whole. Here a simple story is told without the usual, clearly identified good and bad characters. We watch a story thread its course and are invited to decide for ourselves who, if anyone, is guilty or innocent. Mahommed, the main character, could easily have been portrayed as the stereotypical Jihadist instead he is depicted as frightened and confused which one would suppose are the normal reactions to the situation he finds himself in. It is set in stark but beautiful environments and one can vividly feel the pain and deprivation which is depicted in a most understated manner. This film is different, it is in a league of its own and will be appreciated by anyone with a mind of their own - essential viewing for those who don't.


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