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San Sebastian Film Review: ‘Killing Jesús’

The seductive lure of vengeance, and its ultimate emptiness, are such well-worn cinematic staples that even an authentic sense of place and a very personal story from Argentinian director Laura Mora cannot quite overcome the familiarity of her heartfelt but hesitant sophomore feature, “Killing Jesús.” Yet this low-key morality fable, built out of the tragedy that was the murder of her own father, is clearly an act of exorcism by the emerging filmmaker, and as its Eroski Youth Prize in San Sebastian suggests, its humanist message should play well with university-aged audiences and those wit…

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