Kills on Wheels

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Dir: At­tila Till. Cast: Sz­abolcs Thuróczy, Zoltán Fenyvesi, Ádám Fekete. 103 mins. Cert: 15

If you see one film about a Hun­gar­ian hit­man in a wheel­chair this year, make sure it’s this one. Writer-di­rec­tor At­tila Till’s plucky com­edy-drama isn’t quite the rad­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of dis­abil­ity it seems to think it is, but has its heart in the right place. Non-pro­fes­sion­als Zoltán Fenyvesi and Ádám Fekete play young men with se­ri­ous mo­bil­ity is­sues (the ac­tors them­selves are phys­i­cally dis­abled in the ex­act same ways as their char­ac­ters) re­sid­ing in an as­sist­edliv­ing home. They start writ­ing a comic book about their ad­ven­tures with an older friend, Ru­pas­zov (Sz­abolcs Thuróczy), a greasy-haired badass para­plegic and con­tract killer for a Ser­bian mob­ster (Dusán Vi­tanovics) who runs with a pack of rot­tweil­ers. As far-fetched as the con­cept might seem, Till just about makes it work by stress­ing the in­tense phys­i­cal­ity of the per­for­mances, es­pe­cially that of vet­eran char­ac­ter ac­tor Thuróczy who dis­plays the up­per body strength of a cir­cus ac­ro­bat. Fenyvesi, mean­while, has an es­pe­cially soul­ful face and one can’t help but hope that film-mak­ers will em­ploy him fur­ther. The fi­nal twist is an­noy­ingly pre­dictable, but, oth­er­wise, there are very few duff notes. Les­lie Felperin

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