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Essential Killing (2010)

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An Afghan POW attempts his escape.

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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
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Helicopter Pilot 2
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Interrogation Officer (as David Price)
Tracy Spencer Shipp ...
Young Soldier in Suv
Mark Gasperich ...
Head of Pursuit Team
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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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escape | afghanistan | snow | desert | nature | See more »

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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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Essence  »

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€3,167,000 (estimated)
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The movie never reveals what part of the world Mohammed has been taken to. But the coordinates given by a helicopter crew, 53 39 N 25 33 E, is located in a heavily wooded area of northwest Belarus. See more »

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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
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Minimalist war film
7 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Taliban combatant is captured after he kills three American soldiers. We learn little of his backstory -- who he is, or why they find him in Afghanistan's mountainous tribal regions -- but he is captured by American soldiers and shipped off to Poland. He finds himself in a region that is as forbidding and isolated, but more alienating and unfamiliar than his home. When a prisoner convoy gets into an accident, a chase ensues, and the audience, placed within the perspective of the capture, follows his efforts to escape and survive. So much is shown and so little told in this film, we ponder whether to fear or loathe our protagonist. The film is entirely shot from the escapee's perspective, so his is all we have. What are his pursuer's thinking? We don't know in this spare narrative of survival. Where is he? What is a frozen lake? What can he possibly eat to survive. In this alpine nowhere, all of these questions loom ominously and this film.


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