In an unnamed country in a small village the young local executioner is carrying out the execution of three people on the orders of the outside hard core cleric, Hadji. After the first two ...
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In an unnamed country in a small village the young local executioner is carrying out the execution of three people on the orders of the outside hard core cleric, Hadji. After the first two are shot, he is told to stop, because Hadji believes that executing the young women will send the young virgin to heaven. Instead Hadji orders the young executioner to marry and deflower the virgin, so she will end up in hell after her execution. This is the start of the executioner's crisis of faith.Written by
Dull, wind, sand and rocks - Bresson of the desert.
This film suffers from the video presentation, shown because the negative was confiscated by the authorities. Censorship was excercised on the grounds of content which is unforgiveble instead of on the grounds of taste which would have been a mercy. The story is told in the style of Bresson with the major dramatic action taking place off camera. Bresson was much more careful about what he did show us. What we see here is mostly dull; wind, sand and rocks, a muted landscape (due to the poor video quality) with actors faces covered or in shadow. If the picture quality was good when on film, we can only imagine what it might have looked like, but then why not imagine the whole film and not waste the time.
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