Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Kill It And Leave This Town (2021) NY Polish Film Festival 2021

I honestly don’t know what I think of KILL IT AND LEAVE THIS TOWN.  It’s a bleak animated slice of hell that was in the works for over a decade.  A series of vignettes or sequences nominally set in communist Poland but really it’s a dystopian suburb of hell it tells the story of people trying to get by in terrible circumstances. It’s an unpleasant experience thanks to the tone and the visual style.

I love the animation. Looking like ball point drawings from someone’s note book come to life, it is jagged and alive. We are in an unfiltered world of the subconscious where our darker sides lurk. It makes for unique viewing. Few films look like this and none that I’ve ever seen have been features.

I was bothered by it all. And while I didn’t want to watch what was happening I couldn’t look away, he mix of unique art and the trip to the dark side of human existence kept me watching.

To be honest I don’t know what you are going to think of this film. I’m still wrestling with it days after seeing it. I’m torn about telling you more just letting it hit you in the face. I’m siding with just letting it smack you because I don’t want you to brace for the body blows.

This is not for all audiences, but for anyone who wants to see a film on the dark side, or a film that is unlike any other KILL IT AND LEAVE THIS TOWN is a must.

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