Killing Jesus

Matar a Jesús

Colombia, Argentina 2017
In Spanish with English subtitles
100 min
Suitable for audiences aged 16 and above
Director: Laura Mora
Screenplay: Laura Mora Ortega, Alonso Torres
Cast: Natasha Jaramillo, Giovanny Rodríguez, Camilo Escobar
Production: Nancy Fernández, Pola Zito, Javier Del Pino / 64-A Films and AZ Films
Print Source: Latido Films

Killing Jesus must have been a tough film to make for the Colombian Laura Mora, whose own father, like her heroine’s, was shot dead by a hitman — whom, like her heroine, she later met. But far from being a straight-up good vs. bad revenge drama, Mora has wisely reserved her anger not for the killers, but for the kind of society that turns people into killers. -- As the director herself admits, the work of Colombian maestro Victor Gaviria, helmer of the hyper-realist Rodrigo D and The Rose Girl, shadows the film throughout. -- And like Gaviria, Mora ekes a little poetry out of all the violence.

Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter