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Krzysztof Kieslowski's attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) couldn't more direct - a senseless, violent, almost botched murder is followed by a cold, calculated, flawlessly performed execution (both killings shown in the most graphic detail imaginable), while the murderer's (Miroslaw Baka) idealistic young defense lawyer…
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