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Essential Killing (2010)

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Mohammed
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Margaret
Zach Cohen ...
American Contractor 1
Iftach Ophir ...
American Contractor 2
Nicolai Cleve Broch ...
Helicopter Pilot 1
Stig Frode Henriksen ...
Helicopter Pilot 2
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Interrogation Officer (as David Price)
Tracy Spencer Shipp ...
Young Soldier in Suv
Mark Gasperich ...
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Military Doctor
Klaudia Kaca ...
Woman on a Bicycle
Dariusz Juzyszyn ...
Logger
Raymond Josey ...
American Soldier
Robert Mazurkiewicz ...
Hunter
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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Run to live... kill to survive (UK)

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Thriller | War

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22 October 2010 (Poland)  »

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€3,167,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Vincent Gallo's role demanded him to do things like walk barefoot on the snow with the temperature reaching minus 30 degrees Celsius. 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 »

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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

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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 (Ireland) – See 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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