In the mountains of Northern Albania, a young man seeks revenge for his father's death. The murderer has disappeared a few months ago and the police is still looking for him. The young man ...
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In the mountains of Northern Albania, a young man seeks revenge for his father's death. The murderer has disappeared a few months ago and the police is still looking for him. The young man kidnaps the killer's only son and raises him up until he reaches his 16th birthday, when according to the Kanun, the Albanian law of revenge, a child becomes a man and he is allowed to kill or to be killed.
A mesmerizing short about the never ending circle of vengeance.
One of the most interesting shorts in Busan, "The time of a young man about to kill" gave us the opportunity not only to explore an unknown world, that is this of blood feuds in Albania but also the chance to sink into a dense cinematic universe. A young Albanian, played brilliantly by Bartosz Bielenia, is seeking revenge for his father's death. The killer is nowhere to find and the young man kidnaps the killer's child and raises him until he reaches the 16 year of age, an age where according to an old set of Albanian laws, a child becomes a man and can kill or be killed. With a wise use of lenses and sound, the director (who was really really young!) succeeded to master a form where time doesn't really exist and where space brings the acts of killing so close to each other, that at the end they all merge into one. Without being easy to watch, it offers fearlessly a rare cinematic experience of human despair.
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